Iran FM: Excessive demands to hamper nuclear talks

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Iran is ready to reach a deal but will not yield to excessive demands.

Iran FM: Excessive demands to hamper nuclear talks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iran is ready to reach and implement a lasting agreement regarding its nuclear program, but it will not yield to excessive demands from the West, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Wednesday.

"Iran is ready to alleviate the concerns of the international community, but we believe that imposition only hinders efforts to resolve the dispute," Zarif told journalists upon arriving in Vienna for the sixth round of talks with the p5+1 countries over Tehran's controversial nuclear program.

Zarif said that the p5+1 countries -- U.S., France, U.K., China, Russia and Germany -- were trying to impose limitations on Iran's rights of developing enriched uranium, centrifuges and construction of heavy water reactors.

"Iran does not need anything beyond its rights," he said.

Under a deal reached on November 24, 2013, in Geneva, western countries agreed to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for it agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities by July 20.

The sixth round of negotiations is set to start on Thursday and can potentially continue until July 20, the day when the existing deal expires.

Last Mod: 03 Temmuz 2014, 09:43
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