The US State Department’s Persian-speaking spokesman says the resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue will be a big step to resume diplomatic ties between Tehran and Washington based on mutual respect and common interests.
“(US President Barack) Obama has said that he’s interested in peaceful solution to Iran’s nuclear issue,” Alan Eyre said in an interview with Azerbaijan’s Trend news agency on Friday.
Eyre added that the United Stated respects Iran’s “peaceful nuclear rights” as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on September 26 that the six major powers and Iran have agreed to meet in Geneva on October 15 and 16 for further talks on resolving the West’s dispute with Tehran over its nuclear energy program.
She made the remarks following a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his counterparts from the United States, France, Russia, China, Britain and Germany on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Ashton, who heads the six countries’ delegation to the talks, described the meeting as substantial and energetic.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called the talks “constructive,” saying, “We’ve agreed to try to continue a process that would try to make concrete and find a way to answer the questions that people have about Iran’s nuclear program.”
Zarif also praised the talks as “very good and substantive” and said the result would have to include “a total lifting” of all sanctions against Iran.
“We hope to be able to make progress to solve this issue in a timely fashion [and] to make sure [there is] no concern that Iran’s program is anything but peaceful,” the Iranian foreign minister added.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the NPT and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear program has been diverted toward military objectives.