Nuclear Talks an Opportunity, Says Iran’s Chief Nuke Negotiator

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator has said that the country is entering into talks with six world powers over its nuclear programme with good intensions. The talks are scheduled to be held later this week.

Saeed Jalili, while attending the talks in Geneva on Thursday, termed the meeting as an “opportunity and a test” for those attending the talks and said, “we are entering the talks with good will.”

It may be mentioned that at the meeting the US and Western countries have already made it clear that they will focus on Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, which they doubt is intended for making bombs.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, said on Tuesday, “We are not going to discuss anything related to our nuclear rights at the talks between Iran and the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.”

Jalili, before boarding his flight to Switzerland at Tehran’s international Imam Khomeini airport, said: “Iran’s national, regional and international capacities … could be an opportunity for creating a world based upon peace, justice and progress.”

Since Barack Obama took office, Iran has been constantly ruling out any discussions about its nuclear programme, thought has offered wide-ranging talks on security and other issues.

Robert Gibbs, a White House spokesman, said that the US would bring up its concerns on uranium enrichment, even if Tehran refuses to discuss the issue with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

Washington has suggested possible new sanctions on banking and the oil and gas industry if Iran, the world’s fifth-largest crude exporter, fails to assuage Western fears it seeks nuclear weapons.

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