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Iran says uranium enrichment main topic of fresh nuclear talks

English.news.cn   2014-03-18 00:55:23

TEHRAN, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Uranium enrichment in Iran would be main topic of new round of nuclear talks with the world powers scheduled for Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Monday.

The new round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 aims at reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal, the issues such as uranium enrichment inside Iran as well as Arak heavy water reactor in central Iran will be discussed, Zarif told official IRNA news agency upon arrival in the Austrian capital Vienna.

In this round of talks, there will also be discussions on peaceful nuclear cooperation and removing sanctions against the Islamic republic, he said, adding that "We expect to have good exchange of views between representatives of both sides."

However, Iran does not expect a comprehensive accord with the world powers in the Tuesday nuclear talks, Zarif said.

"For sure, this round of talks with the P5+1 group is more serious than the previous talks, but we do not expect an agreement, " Zarif told reporters.

The Iranian minister reiterated that Iran will not stop any part of its nuclear program, saying that "Iran's nuclear program is a reality and this reality will not change," official IRNA news agency reported.

"We are ready to build confidence that our nuclear program will remain peaceful," he was quoted as saying.

The West has urged Iran to take further steps beyond the commitments under the interim nuclear deal to prove its nuclear activities are for civilian use.

On Sunday, Iranian lawmakers issued a statement which asked the country's nuclear negotiators to avoid discussions over Iran's defense issues, including the country's missile program, in the talks with powers. They also warned against further "restrictions" on the nuclear program of the Islamic republic.

The two sides are expected to meet again on Tuesday to hammer out a final agreement.

Editor: yan
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