Iran Accuses P5+1 of Dragging Feet in Negotiations (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 07/03/12)
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Iran accused world powers on Tuesday of dragging their feet in
negotiations over its nuclear activities, as both sides were about to
hold a new, downgraded round of talks in Istanbul, AFP reported.
Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast asserted that if the
powers ignored Iran´s nuclear “rights” and failed to bargain on equal
terms, the negotiations could lead to an “impasse.”
“All that can reinforce the idea that there is a desire to drag out
the negotiations or prevent their success,” he said.
He also said that “illogical, irresponsible” Western
sanctions “amount to a hostile act against Iran and its national
“Iran will do its utmost to defend its national interests and
territorial integrity,” he added.
Iran and the P5+1 group, comprising the five U.N. Security Council
permanent members plus Germany, were to hold an experts-level meeting
in Istanbul to discuss efforts to rein in Tehran´s nuclear activities.
The talks were to take place between technical experts after three
previous rounds earlier this year failed to bring about desired
The P5+1 is pushing for an immediate end to Iran enriching uranium to
20 percent purity, which is simply a technical step short of the 90
percent needed to make nuclear bombs, and to ship out its existing 20-
percent stock and close a fortified underground enrichment facility
Mehmanparast said the P5+1’s negotiating position and the Western
sanctions suggested that maybe the world powers did not want to see
the talks bear fruit, according to the AFP.
“Many people are starting to conclude that maybe there are specific
goals in dragging out the talks and preventing their success. One
option is that perhaps there is a link with the U.S. (presidential)
election” in November, he said.
He said the “illegal” sanctions contradicted the West’s affirmation
that it wants to resolve the standoff diplomatically.
He reiterated his government’s message that the sanctions would not
coerce it into a change of position. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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