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Iran Always Ready to Continue Talks with 5+1

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TEHRAN, July 5 (ICANA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast announced Tehran's continued readiness to resume talks with the six world powers, and said recognizing the Iranian nation's rights will pave the ground for further cooperation between the two sides.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 6:13:43 PM
Iran Always Ready to Continue Talks with 5+1

"We have always announced our readiness to continue the talks within the framework of the negotiations with Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) based on previous agreements," Mehman-Parast told reporters in his weekly press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

"Based on our earlier agreement, we think that recognition of the Islamic Republic's right of access to and use of the nuclear knowledge is the best action which can prepare the ground for future cooperation," he added.

Mehman-Parast also downplayed the effects of the international and unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran by certain members of the G5+1, and said, "We believe that these (UN Security Council) sanctions are illegal and illogical and these unilateral sanctions are extrajudicial."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in meetings with his Russian and Kazakh counterparts in Astana last month, had restated Tehran's readiness to hold talks with the Group 5+1.

"The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran has once again announced Iran's readiness to (resolve) our country's nuclear issue through negotiations with the G5+1," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said last month.

Iran and G5+1 attended three rounds of talks in Istanbul, Turkey, in January.

The Iranian side was presided by Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili, while European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton headed delegations from six world powers.

Speaking to reporters in a press conference in Istanbul at the time, Jalili said, "We have always stressed that talks can be useful, successful and progressive only when they are based on a common logic."

"If you decide to use another instrument instead of common logic, this would result in dictation and not negotiation, and dictation does not deserve a kind of talks based on the nations' cultures."

"On the very same basis, we proposed the Istanbul talks in the Geneva meeting because we believed that a majority of talks over international issues can be held on the basis of the Islamic civilization," Jalili said.

"Our Geneva agreement included several key points, including talks for cooperation on common points."

"This was our agreement in Geneva, which surely inspires everybody's mind with the idea that when cooperation on common points is the agenda of talks, such negotiations should advance and be progressive. When the decision has been made to talk over common points and talk for cooperation, then such talks can certainly be progressive, successful and constructive," he continued.

Asked when the talks can be successful, Jalili answered "when the requirements of this common logic are clear. When you speak of cooperation, you must avoid whatever causes confrontation and animosity towards a nation, when you speak of cooperation on common points, you must surely respect the nations' rights".

"What has been enshrined in the international rules and regulations in a straightforward manner provides the necessary grounds for talks. I don't think that if you tell the international community and the world that talks should be based on the nations' rights, the world would interpret it as a precondition for talks."

"Respect for the nations' rights provides the necessary grounds for negotiations," he added.

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