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Situation ripe for direct talks between Iran and 5+1: analysts

TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (Mehr News Agency) -- Russia and China's emphasis on negotiations creates a proper situation for holding direct talks with the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, international affairs expert Ali Khorram said Tehran on Tuesday.

Former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani suggested on Monday that Iran and the 5+1 group should hold face-to-face talks.

"No time should be wasted on pre-negotiation meetings and they should ask Iran their questions through direct negotiation," Larijani said.

Khorram told the Mehr News Agency that International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei also talked about the possibility of holding direct talks before Larijani proposed the idea, and the present time is the best time for negotiating with Iran.

In a separate interview with MNA, political analyst Davud Hermidas-Bavand said that the recent developments in regard to Iran's nuclear program have created a good opportunity to arrange direct talks between Iran and the 5+1 group.

The recent reports by the IAEA and the U.S. intelligence agencies that prove that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful have paved the way for such talks, he added.

Direct talks can neutralize the unilateral actions and radical decisions of the United States, he asserted.

However, the Security Council will most likely issue a new round of sanctions against Iran, Hermidas-Bavand opined.

MP Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh stated that direct negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group can resolve many of the problems surrounding the country's nuclear program.

"If direct talks would take place, then EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana could not claim to be the representative of all 5+1 group members, even China and Russia," Falahatpisheh told MNA.

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