No ultimatum given in Geneva talks: Safari

TEHRAN, July 25 (MNA) -- Deputy Minister for European Affairs Mahdi Safari has said that Iran was given no ultimatum in the Geneva talks.

Iranian top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and Javier Solana, the EU foreign policy chief, held a meeting in Geneva on July 19 on Iran’s nuclear activities. U.S. Undersecretary of State Williams Burns also participated in the talks.  


“The unconditional negotiations were a positive achievement for Iran and we hope the desired results will be yielded,” he said in an interview with IRIB posted on ISNA.


On the U.S. reaction to the talks and its double standards, Safari added, “The one who was interviewed was Solana and he commented that the talks were constructive but Israeli lobbies spread such (reverse) news.”


He went on to say Israeli lobbies in the U.S. and other countries try to show the talks hit a deadlock because they are worried about the positive atmosphere created in nuclear talks.


Some western agencies have released news that the 5+1 group has given a two-week ultimatum to Iran to clarify its position on freezing nuclear enrichment activities.


Asked about Iran’s response to the package of incentives, safari pointed out, “We are working on the non-paper and try to achieve some results but this is clear that Iran will never accept the suspension.”


Emphasizing that Ira’s past and present nuclear activities are transparent, he said, “We are negotiating (about) the future.”    


Safari also rejected the view that the talks have come to a dead end and said patience is required to achieve a win-win result.


He went on to say that Switzerland’s efforts were positive and it had prepared a positive atmosphere for the talks.


On Jalili’s trip to Turkey, Safari noted, “Jalili went to Turkey at the invitation of (Turkish) foreign minister and mutual issues, (Iran’s) nuclear activities and Geneva talks were discussed.” 





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