Speaker: Iran opposed to extension of nuclear talks

Larijani-China FM

The Iranian parliament speaker says Tehran is serious in nuclear negotiations but that further extension of the talks is not unacceptable.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani stressed Tehran’s seriousness in nuclear talks with the world powers, but voiced opposition to any further extension of the negotiations.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is serious about reaching an agreement in the nuclear negotiations and doesn’t agree with the extension of negotiations,” Larijani said in a meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Tehran Monday.

He also underscored the necessity for the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) to display political will to reach an agreement with Iran.

Wang, for his part, stressed China’s commitment to the peaceful settlement of Iran’s nuclear issue under any conditions, and said he believed that an agreement should be reached which serves the interests of both sides.

“The West is using the nuclear issue as a pretext to prevent Iran’s progress and economic development,” he added.

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