TEHRAN, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has tasked the Foreign Ministry with conducting the upcoming nuclear talks with the world powers, semi-official Fars news agency reported on Thursday.
Mohammad-Javad Zarif, the country's new Foreign Minister, is an experienced diplomat over Iran's controversial nuclear program and was a member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team, led by Rouhani, from 2003 to 2005.
However, it is not disclosed whether Zarif or another official from Foreign Ministry will head the Iranian team in the talks.
Former Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Araqchi, said earlier that "If the Foreign Ministry is tasked with (leading the nuclear) talks, I am sure that the ministry has the required capacity and will do the job well."
By Rouhani's Thursday decree, Iran's Foreign Ministry will take over the responsibility from the Supreme National Security Council of the country.
Both Iran's new government and the world powers, have shown interest for resuming nuclear talks after the last round of negotiations, which were held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in April ended without yielding much practical results.
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- All parties should make efforts to maintain and promote the process of dialogue to find an appropriate settlement to the nuclear issue of Iran, a Chinese envoy to the United Nations said Thursday.
Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the statement at a UN Security Council meeting on the latest work of 1737 Committee, which is tasked with monitoring a set of sanctions against Iran in accordance with Resolution 1737 and subsequent Council resolutions. Full story