“Constructive” talks require change in U.S. policy

TEHRAN, July 18 (MNA) – Iranian top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said on Friday Iran-EU nuclear talks, which will be attended by a U.S. diplomat for the first time, would be constructive if Washington changed its approach on Iran.

Jalili is scheduled to meet European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Geneva of Saturday to hold talks over Iran’s prolonged dispute with the West over its nuclear program.


Also present will be U.S. senior diplomat Williams Burns and representatives from the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.


Last month Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany put forward an updated package of proposals, offering nuclear and trade incentives in exchange for a halt in Iran’s uranium enrichment activities.


Iran has also presented its own package of proposals on resolving international challenges including the threat of nuclear proliferation and has said it has found common ground between the two separate packages.


Senior Iranian officials have repeatedly rejected calls for a halt in Tehran’s uranium enrichment work and have expressed readiness to talk “only on common points”.


“The U.S. approach is very important. If they enter talks with a constructive approach and by avoiding previous mistakes, we can definitely have good and constructive negotiations,” Jalili told reporters ahead of leaving Tehran for Geneva.


Iran has submitted a package to the 5+1 group and they have also put forward a package about constructive cooperation on (addressing) common international and regional concerns and this should lead to mutual cooperation.”


Iran and the United States severed relations after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The Swiss embassy in Tehran looks after U.S. interests in the absence of an American mission.


“In these talks we will discuss the common points of the two packages and also both sides’ ideas on continuing the talks,” he added.


Jalili, who heads Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), is accompanied on this trip by Ali Bagheri, the council’s deputy head in charge of international affairs.


On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki also expressed hope that the imminent talks would produce “positive developments” and voiced satisfaction at U.S. involvement.


“The presence of an American delegate in Geneva will help the United States be informed directly,” Mottaki told reporters during a visit to Syria.


“We hope that the meeting in Geneva on Saturday will produce positive developments on the ground,” he stated.















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