Iran team rejects issues other than nuclear issue: negotiator

Iran team rejects issues other than nuclear issue: negotiator
Tue Feb 18, 2014 19:34:09

The agenda of Iran’s negotiations with six major world powers is only on the nuclear issue and within the framework of Geneva agreements, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister and senior member of Iran’s negotiating team in Vienna Seyyed Abbas Araqchi says.

Iran and the six major world powers concluded the first round of their fresh talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, in pursuit of a final agreement on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

The talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - China, Russia, Britain, France and the United States - plus Germany began on Tuesday at the United Nations office in Vienna.

“Our stance is crystal clear: we will not let any issue other than the nuclear issue be raised. We will reject issues other than the nuclear issue and we will not enter into them,” Araqchi told al-Alam correspondent to Vienna on Tuesday afternoon regarding claims made by the other side on raising issues such as Iran’s missile system and defensive issues in the negotiations.

Earlier this month, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told US Senators that Iran’s missiles would be addressed under a final nuclear deal over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

On February 11, White House National Security Council (NSC) Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan also told the Washington Free Beacon website that Washington aims to stop Iran’s missile tests under a final deal over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

Regarding concerns by some Arab countries about the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, Araqchi said, “I see no reason for any concern by regional countries about these negotiations. On the contrary, I think the success of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 will solve one of the tense issues in the region and definitely help peace and stability in it.”


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