Iran 'will do its best' to secure nuclear deal - President Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday his sanctions hit country would try to secure a deal in negotiations with world powers on its long-running nuclear dispute.
"Iran will do its best for a final deal with the P5+1," made up of the five permanent UN Security Council members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany, Rouhani told a business forum in Ankara through translated remarks.
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His comments came as Tehran and Washington began a second day of talks in Geneva on Iran's nuclear program, which the West suspects masks military objectives.
"Iran is ready to sit at the negotiating table for a solution" to the nuclear dispute, as well as "unfair sanctions" imposed by the West, Rouhani said
"Iran has taken this step with the Geneva deal," he said, referring to a temporary deal struck in November between Tehran and world powers aimed at slowing the country's nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions.
A deadline of July 20 has been set to turn this temporary deal into a more formal agreement.
Iran confirms trilateral meeting with EU, US in Geneva on June 9
Iran has officially confirmed that a trilateral meeting with representatives of the EU and the US will be held in Geneva on Monday, Reuters reports citing Iranian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Araqchi.
"Tomorrow's meeting will be tripartite. Helga Schmidt, the deputy of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, will be present as well," Araqchi said. Earlier, a representative of the White House reported that the EU delegates would join the negotiations between the United States and Iran on Tehran's nuclear program in Geneva on June 9-10.
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The next round of talks at the "highest" level between Tehran and the P5+1, that includes Russia, the US, UK, China, Germany and France, is to begin on June 16.
The negotiations aim to achieve a final agreement on curtailing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of the economic sanctions.
According to the Joint Plan of Action, world powers and Iran agreed that Tehran would temporarily curb its controversial nuclear program. In exchange the US and EU would partially suspend sanctions against the Islamic republic.
A comprehensive deal that would guarantee that Iran does not pursue a military component in the nuclear program should be reached before the deadline expires on July 20. However, the prospects for a breakthrough by that date raise some doubts since the nuclear talks in Vienna last month ran into difficulties, with each side accusing the other of having unrealistic demands in negotiations.
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Western officials say Iran wants to maintain an excessive uranium enrichment capability. Iran says it wants to avoid reliance on foreign suppliers of fuel for its nuclear reactors and rejects Western allegations it seeks the capability to make atomic weapons under cover of a civilian energy program.
Iran announces nuclear talks with US and Russia
Iran will hold two days of nuclear talks with the United States starting Monday, and then conduct two further days of negotiations with Russia, the foreign ministry said.
The official IRNA news agency, quoting the ministry, said the discussions with US officials would be held in Geneva and that similar talks with Russia would follow on Wednesday and Thursday in Rome.
"The Iranian vice foreign ministers will hold negotiations with their American counterparts," as well as lead talks with Russian diplomats, it said on Saturday.
The unprecedented set of direct bilateral talks come immediately before Iran's next round of political discussions with the P5+1 group - Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany - in Vienna, between June 16-20.
Saturday's announcement said Iran was also "working to arrange" other bilateral discussions with members of the P5+1 before the Vienna meeting.
Several rounds of talks have already been held in Vienna but the latest in mid-May ended with no apparent progress on a deal.
Iran has consistently denied it is seeking nuclear weapons but wants an independent atomic energy program.
Following the last round in Vienna, Iran urged western powers to resist pressure from third parties not directly involved in negotiations over its nuclear activities, in a clear reference to Israel.
Israel and lawmakers in the US Congress have repeatedly warned against lowering the pressure - in the form of economic sanctions - on Iran.
Major issues between Iran and the P5+1 remain outstanding.
These reportedly include the scope of Iran's enrichment of uranium, which if further purified could be used to trigger a nuclear explosion, and its unfinished Arak research reactor, whose byproduct waste could provide an alternative route to an atomic bomb.
Negotiators aim to nail down an exceedingly complex and lasting deal limiting Iran's atomic activities in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.
Failure could have calamitous consequences, potentially sparking conflict - neither Israel nor the United States rules out military action and creating a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
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