Iran’s Chief Negotiator say nuclear talks will advance only through ‘common logic’

January 23rd, 2011 - 8:26 pm ICT by BNO News  

ISTANBUL (BNO NEWS) — Negotiations can advance only when they are based on a shared logic, Iran’s top negotiator Saeed Jalili said Saturday after meeting with the 5+1 group in Istanbul, the state-run Fars News agency reported.

Iran and the 5+1 group, which include the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, plus Germany, ended talks over disputed Iran’s nuclear programme without making any significant progress.

“We had hoped to embark on a discussion of practical ways forward. I’m disappointed to say that this has not been possible,” European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who negotiated on behalf of the 5+1 group, said in a press conference, DPA news agency reported.

Jalili stressed that talks can be progressive only when they are based on a common logic. “If you decide to use another instrument instead of common logic, this would result in dictation and not negotiation, and dictation does not deserve a kind of talks based on the nations’ cultures,” Jalili added.

Ashton added the group proposed an updated nuclear swap deal and ways for Iran to improve transparency in its dealings with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Jalili noted Iran’s full cooperation with the IAEA, and reminded that Tehran has had voluntary cooperation with it way beyond its undertakings for years.

Both sides expressed before the talks hopes for a nuclear swap deal, in which Iranian low-enriched uranium would be exchanged in return for foreign-made fuel for a Tehran research reactor.



Jalili said that Iran proposed a nuclear cooperation with the world powers based on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which calls for nuclear disarmament.

“A rigid cooperation should be launched among nations to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons,” Jalili said. He added that respecting the nations’ rights is the basis for negotiations.

During the talks, Iran refused to discuss nuclear rights and uranium enrichment. One of the preconditions for the talks was that the world powers accept Iran’s uranium enrichment and abolish United Nations-imposed sanctions.

Iran says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but the 5+1 group and many other countries fear it is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

No further talks were planned in the meeting.

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