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Iran says external factors preventing conclusion of nuclear talks

Tehran, May 6, IRNA-Iran said on Thursday it was close to a final solution to conclude the case with Europe over its nuclear energy programs, stressing, however, that external factors are delaying the issue to be terminated.

Sirous Nasseri, the head of Iran's nuclear negotiating team with the European three of France, Germany and Britain, told a news conference that the fact the negotiations have become prolonged is because of external factors which cannot be controlled.

"Even though the final solution is close to us, it is not clear whether it will be available to Iran and the EU trio six months later," he said.

Nasseri said Iran and the EU-3 have been able to set the stage for a long-term compromise over Iran's nuclear energy plans, stressing that this was a primary objective of the Paris deal.

He added that the EU side has repeatedly told the Iranian delegation that they are waiting for the results of Iran's upcoming presidential polls.

This, he stressed, has no justification for us.

"We have clearly and resolutely told them that the issue of Iran's nuclear energy program is not something which will concern only the current or the next administration [in the country] and will rather concern all the Iranian nation and the future generations," Nasseri said.

The Iranian negotiator said the Europeans are currently acting as a barrier that prevent a serious tension between Iran and the US over the nuclear energy activities of the Islamic Republic, and that they try to clam the situation so that they can arrive at an acceptable compromise with Iran over the issue.

Nasseri said the Americans want to take up a bullying approach toward Iran over its nuclear energy plans, stressing that the US and Europe seem to be arriving at a solution which would be acceptable to Iran, as well.

"Our people have always wanted two things from us. Firstly, they do not want Iran to withdraw from its positions in the talks because they consider the issue as important, and secondly, they want the talks to proceed on a peaceful procedure," he said.

Also, Manouchehr Mottaki, a member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told the conference that Iran has been able to raise "logical and sound" positions in the nuclear talks with the European countries.

Mottaki said the Europeans have always been against Iran's nuclear fuel cycle work, stressing that they have failed to provide logical and legal justification for this position.

He said Iran has been able to prove to the world over the past two years that its nuclear plans are civilian, and that this has already been testified by the reports of relevant world bodies that Iran's nuclear plans indicate no irregularities.

Still, the Majlis deputy said, we will never back up from this national demand (peaceful nuclear technology).

Mottaki said the negative aspect of Iran's nuclear talks with EU trio is the fact that opportunities are being wasted.

"One of the dangers of this wasting of the opportunities is the international conditions and we can never have any guarantees from the other side of the talks that they will not have resolutions approved at the Security Council or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which will not be acceptable to us," he said.

Commenting on the remarks by EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana about Iran's starting uranium enrichment activities, Mottaki said Iran does not necessarily consider the starting of uranium enrichment activities as tantamount to the cancellation of the [Paris] deal.

The MP's remarks on this issue were complemented by Nasseri who said: "Iran's interpretation is that Paris negotiations had a goal and it was an intermediary agreement that both sides negotiate with each other in a calm and tension-free environment until they arrive at an agreement which will be acceptable by both sides." "From our point of view, that agreement is now on the table," the head of Iran's negotiating team said.

Nasseri further said compromise is the basis of Iran's talks with Europe, stressing, however, that it would be illogical if France, Germany and Britain merely call on Iran to just continue the talks.

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