P5+1 must make tough decisions: Iran negotiator
Press TV -(Mon Aug 18, 2014) A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says the six world powers in talks with Tehran must make “tough decisions” to pave the way for the resolution of the standoff over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
“The opposite side, like the Iranian side, is serious to bring the talks to fruition. It is still difficult to find a solution. There are deep differences on certain issues but we are optimistic,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Monday.
He added that Iran and the six countries must show initiative and present more innovative solutions to settle the differences over the nuclear issue.
Araqchi further stated that Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany may hold talks at the ministerial level on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly session in September.
Ahead of the September negotiations, bilateral talks would be held between Iran and the six countries, but the venue and exact date for the negotiations have not been determined yet, he added.
Iran and the Sextet are to resume their negotiations to discuss ways of reaching a final agreement over Tehran’s nuclear energy program. Iran’s right to enrich uranium is among the bones of contention between the two sides.
The two sides clinched a landmark interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. The agreement took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20.
In July, the two sides agreed on the extension of their discussions until November 24 in an effort to achieve a permanent nuclear deal.