Larijani-Solana Talks Postponed

A01231915.jpgIran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said his talks with EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana have been postponed to a future date. Speaking to reporters during a joint press conference with Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta here in Tehran on Wednesday, Larijani, who is also Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary, said that during their two rounds of phone talks in recent weeks, Solana had voiced his eagerness to meet Larijani from April 10 to 13.

“But since the date did not suite me well, we decided to delay the meeting to a date after his upcoming trip,” he continued.

Asked if Iran would accept preconditions for the resumption of nuclear talks with the counterparty, the Iranian official stressed, “Constructive talks should have a proper base and a special literature. These preconditions mean that they want to know the result of the negotiations beforehand and we may never accept this.”

Meantime, he said that the required grounds have currently been laid for the two sides to reach an understanding.

The Iranian chief nuclear negotiator said his country welcomes resumption of the type of talks which are based on the international law and aim to reach a mutual understanding, but he pointed out that such talks should not include the literature already used in previous negotiations, meaning that the other side should adopt a new type of discourse.

“Any proposal has a specific living period,” he continued.

Stating his assessment of the western media’s ploys and suspicions over Iran’s industrial production of nuclear fuel, Larijani said in sarcastically “we do not want to agitate cheerfulness of others, they uttered the same words and raised similar suspicions (when we were) in previous stages too.”

“If these suspicions are real, then why are they worried and exert pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran. If they really believe so, then they should let us deal with our own business and they can go enjoy themselves,” Larijani added.

Elsewhere, Larijani described his talks with the Afghan foreign minister as good and constructive, and said that the meeting focused on the bolstering of the two countries’ cooperation on economic, political and security issues as well as reconstruction of Afghanistan.

The SNSC secretary said that Tehran and Kabul share very close views about the solution of regional and Afghanistan’s issues, reminding that Iran has always helped the Afghan government with the solution of problems and economic development.

He viewed Spanta’s visit to Iran as very significant, saying that the trip could entail significant results.

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