‘Iran hopeful about talks with IAEA’

The P5+1 representatives headed by the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton (L), and Iranian negotiators headed by Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili (R), hold talks in Moscow, on June 19, 2012.

Iran Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has expressed hope that Tehran’s upcoming talks with the UN nuclear agency will yield positive results.

“The last round of talks between Iran and the [International Atomic Energy] Agency [IAEA] was good and both sides described it as positive and constructive,” Mehmanparast said on Wednesday.

“We hope to reach good agreements in the next round of negotiations,” the Iranian official said, adding that recognizing Iran’s nuclear rights, however, is necessary for negotiations to yield positive results.

Top officials from Iran and the IAEA held talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program on December 13, 2012.

Following the meeting, IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts said progress had been made during the talks, adding that more negotiations are due with Iran on January 16.

The Iranian official said, however, if IAEA representatives ignore the Islamic Republic’s nuclear rights, talks will not reach a positive result.

Mehmanparast stated that Iran is ready to allay any concern the IAEA might have and clear ambiguities.

Commenting on talks between Tehran and the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany), Mehmanparast said, “We are always ready for logical, effective and constructive talks which recognize the rights of independent nations including Iran.”

The Iranian official said some members of the P5+1, however, mistakenly think that if they mount pressures on Tehran they can force the country to forgo its rights.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.