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Iran will continue talks if EU shows goodwill: Mousavian

Vienna, May 25, IRNA-Iran will continue nuclear negotiations with Europe if the European Union remains committed to Paris agreement and shows goodwill, Hossein Mousavian, a member of Iran's negotiating team, said in Geneva on Wednesday.

Talking to IRNA prior to start of nuclear talks between senior anian and EU officials, Mousavian added, "We are at the most critical juncture of talks now. No precise prediction can be made on the outcomes of negotiations."

He reiterated his prediction of a fifty-fifty chance of success in the talks and said, "There exists the chance of success and reaching a breakthrough if Europeans have a political will." In response to a question on remarks by certain Iranian circles that this would be the last and final round of negotiations, the secretary of Foreign Committee of Supreme National Security Council said "If the two sides reach an agreement, the talks can be extended."

Certain Iranian circles said Wednesday that negotiations with the European Union would be the last ditch measure to reach an agreement but the Europeans said this round of talks would not be the last one and that this could pave the way for future agreements.

"The Islamic Republic calls for precise implementation of Paris agreement and for the two sides' commitment to international conventions on nuclear issue as well as removal of all existing differences within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and its Additional Protocol.

"Although the European Union says the Paris agreement must take effect, it has urged the continuation of uranium enrichment suspension for an uncertain period of time so that the negotiations can continue," the senior Iranian official stressed.

He said based on the Paris agreement, uranium enrichment suspension will continue if negotiations lead to an agreement within three months, adding the Steering Committee has reported no progress after five months of negotiations.

The Iranian negotiating team headed by the SNSC secretary Hassan Rowhani is to hold important talks with the foreign ministers of the three European Union members -- France, Germany, and Britain -- in Geneva within coming hours.

EU foreign policy chief Javiar Solana is also to attend this round of talks.

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