Iran "optimistic" about new round of nuclear talks

Iran "optimistic" about new round of nuclear talks
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The Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, affirmed here on Saturday that his country was very optimistic about the new round of talks with the IAEA and the G5+1 nations, which would be held this month, noting that the success of the talks lies in reaching realistic and positive solutions to the nuclear file.

Diplomatic sources told KUNA that Soltanieh's statement came during his meeting with the Ambassadors from member-states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

If the others came to the meeting next Wednesday in Tehran with positive and realistic goals, then Iran would be obliged to continue the talks till a settlement is reached, said the Iranian diplomat.

On the upcoming February 26 talks in Kazakhstan, Soltanieh said that the meeting should refer to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as the base for the talks.

The dispute over the Iranian nuclear file revolves around the G5+1 states; the US, Russia, China, the UK, France, and Germany, calls for Tehran to halt uranium enrichment operations in fears of developing nuclear arms. The Iranian government, on the other hand, is stressing that the NPT allowed the uranium enrichment if it was aimed at peaceful usage.

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