‘West transparency can help N-talks’

Iran™s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (1st R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (1st L) meet during talks between Iran and six major world powers in New York, September 26, 2013.

As Tehran and the major world powers are to hold a fresh round of talks in Geneva, an Iranian lawmaker says Western bids to increase transparency will œopen the window of diplomacy wider than the past.”

œIn the Geneva talks, Western sides should stop creating expectations beyond the NPT [nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] and enter negotiations with a rational approach,” the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee spokesman Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said Monday.

œIf the Western sides negotiating with Iran have such a will and their will is not based on baseless Mossad and CIA reports, the Geneva talks will definitely reach a positive result,” the lawmaker added.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US — plus Germany are scheduled to hold talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 15-16.

The Iranian legislator said Western countries, particularly the six world powers, do not oppose Iran™s peaceful use of nuclear energy.

œThe use of peaceful nuclear energy is a right that all nations can possess and without a doubt the West has no opposition to Iran™s nuclear progress and the enrichment of uranium to a degree required by Tehran because it (the West) cannot deprive the Iranian nation of its rights based on international regulations,” Naqavi Hosseini added.

He said Iran is ready to give œtransparent and precise” reports to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about all its nuclear activities in line with the NPT regulations and to clearly respond to any question and ambiguity over the issue.

Ahead of nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers, US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed optimism on Sunday about the possibility of a diplomatic settlement of the standoff over Tehran™s nuclear energy program.

“Right now, the window for diplomacy is cracking open,” Kerry said. “While we seek a peaceful resolution to Iran’s nuclear program, words must be matched with actions.”

Kerry™s remarks came after Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is a member of Iran™s negotiating team, said that the Islamic Republic will œdispel all the logical concerns” of the other negotiating parties.

He noted that Iran seeks œpurposeful and real” negotiations in Geneva and explained that Tehran would enter the talks with œseriousness and determination” in order to achieve a œspecific goal” which would be acceptable to both sides.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the claim as an excuse to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.

Iran categorically rejects the allegation, arguing that as a signatory to the NPT and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.


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