Iran hopes for more talks with 5+1 states

Iran hopes to resume talks with 5+1 states on its nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

Iran hopes for more talks with 5+1 states

Iran hopes to resume talks with 5+1 states on its nuclear programme, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, a day after discussions ended with no clear agreement to meet again.

"If the other party is determined and committed to law, justice and respect, there is hope that in the next sessions good results would be achieved," Ahmadinejad said in a speech.

Two days of talks with the United States, France, Germany, China, Russia and Britain ended on Saturday with the group's lead negotiator, the European Union's Catherine Ashton, saying no further meeting was scheduled.

Ahmadinejad spoke as if it were understood the talks would resume.

"In the upcoming meetings there will be good agreements made, provided the two parties remain committed to the spirit of the talks," he said in the televised speech to a crowd in the city of Rasht.

He blamed Israel and its allies in the West for the lack of progress. "Uncultured Zionists and some people in America and Europe are hopeful the issues remain unresolved," he said.

The talks were held in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

"Door remains open"

Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, said after the Istanbul talks: "The process can go forward if Iran chooses to respond positively ... The door remains open. The choice remains in Iran's hands."

Iran says the other countries must respect its nuclear rights and its enrichment activities are not negotiable. It calls sanctions, which were tightened last year, illegal and Ahmadinejad said Iran would not give in to "bullying".


Agencies

Last Mod: 23 Ocak 2011, 18:09
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