Nuclear talks to continue in Geneva in few weeks: Zarif
Press TV -(Wed Oct 16, 2013) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the six major world powers will continue in Geneva in a few weeks.
“Talks will resume in Geneva in a few weeks and until then the P5+1 members will have time to become prepared for the details of Iran’s new proposal and the actions they must perform,” said Zarif on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Tehran and the six world powers – the US, China, Russia, France, and Britain plus Germany – held two rounds of talks over Iran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva. Zarif presented Tehran’s new proposal titled “Closing an Unnecessary Crisis, and Opening New Horizons” during the morning session of Tuesday talks.
The details of Tehran’s proposed package will remain confidential until the talks have concluded, according to Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi.
The Iranian foreign minister further touched upon the title of the plan, saying it suggests that “concerns over Iran’s nuclear [energy] program lack a serious basis and Iran is not after nuclear weapons.”
According to Zarif, Tehran’s proposal underlines a new approach which is based on the necessity for all parties involved in the talks over Iran’s nuclear issue to pursue a “united objective” in an effort to reach a solution. The proposal has defined the areas that can be studied and agreed upon, he said.
The senior Iranian diplomat further said the diplomatic teams attending the negotiations “welcomed” the plan, adding that Tehran wants to see, in response, a similar new approach on the part of the six major powers.
Zarif’s comments come as Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are holding the second and last day of talks over Iran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva.
The Iranian foreign minister and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton are set to take part in the fourth and last session of the talks, which is scheduled to be held later in the afternoon.