Source: Tehran Times
Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz held expert talks on Iran's nuclear activities in Montreux, Switzerland, on Tuesday. The Tuesday's talks were a follow-up to technical talks on Monday and the previous round of talks in Geneva between the two energy officials.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry also held three rounds of talks in Montreux on Monday and Tuesday.
Again on Tuesday, Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi, the Iranian deputy foreign ministers, met Wendy Sherman, the U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs.
After his meeting with the U.S. secretary of state on Monday, Zarif stated that undoubtedly "negotiation" is the world's only option to resolve the Iran nuclear issue.
He went on to say that the current round of talks is a "good opportunity" for the Iranian and U.S. officials to discuss "political issues", specifically an "immediate removal of sanctions".
Iran will not give in to other side's excessive demands
The Iranian foreign minister said on Tuesday that Iran will not give in to "excessive demand" and "illogical position" of the other side.
The remarks by Iran's chief diplomat came as President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday that Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has entered negotiation with honesty and will continue the talks and will not give in to excessive demands and illogical position of the other side," Zarif stated.
Zarif said that the U.S. has posed "direct and indirect military threats" against Iran and has imposed various "cruel and illegal sanctions" against the country.
The remarks show that the U.S. has came to the conclusion that the policy of "threat and sanction" has ended in failure and such actions cannot stand against the Iranian people's determination in practicing their right for a peaceful use of nuclear technology, he said.
"It is obvious that Mr. Obama's position is stated to attract the U.S. public opinion and counter against the propaganda of the prime minister of the Zionist regime of Israel and other extremist oppositions in the form of unacceptable and threatening words and phrases," the Iranian foreign minister stated.
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