TEHRAN, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi on Monday asked the P5+1 to lift sanctions against Tehran before the next round of nuclear talks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in May, local media reported.
Talking to the semi-official ISNA news agency, Salehi said that "If the West wants to build trust (in the process of resolving Iran's nuclear issue), it should start from (lifting) sanctions since this will speed up the process of coming to terms."
"It is true that the process of lifting sanction may be long, but there is no reason to make it longer," he was quoted as saying.
"If there is a good will, this process can be crossed very easily and we are ready to settle all the issues very quickly and easily even in Baghdad meeting," Salehi said.
The new round of nuclear talks between Iran and the five UN Security Council permanent members -- the United States, France, Russia, China, and Britain -- plus Germany (P5+1) concluded in Istanbul of Turkey last Saturday, with both sides describing the talks as positive and agreeing to meet in Baghdad on May 23.
TEHRAN, April 16 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Monday that if the Islamic republic is provided with high-grade enriched nuclear fuel, it will decide differently about enriching uranium to that grade, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
Producing 20-percent enriched nuclear fuel domestically to meet the needs of its reactors is Iran's "right;" however, Iran can make a different decision "if they (the world powers) guarantee to provide us with fuel at different enriched levels that we need," Salehi told ISNA. Full story
ISTANBUL, April 14 (Xinhua) -- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton described as "constructive and useful" the nuclear talks between six world powers and Iran ended here Saturday.
Speaking at a press conference shortly after the meeting, Ashton said "we have agreed that the nonproliferation treaty forms a key basis for what must be serious engagement to ensure all the obligations under the treaty are met by Iran while fully respecting Iran's right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy." Full story