TEHRAN, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Iran is determined to reach an agreement with the world powers in the ongoing nuclear talks, "but not at any cost", Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Wednesday, explaining that Iran will not cross redlines over its nuclear rights.
In the talks underway, "there have been some progress, but it has been slow," Afkham said, adding that "we hope the other party will make reasonable decisions by being realistic about Iran's peaceful nuclear program." Iran hopes the powers will make difficult decisions which they are talking about, she went on.
The talks continued seriously and "we expect to reach a durable, logical and fair agreement" before July 20, she said.
The Iranian official rejected any threat against Iran over its nuclear issue, saying that "the subject of threat is pointless for us since there is no ground for such measures" against Tehran.
Also, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Tehran will never strike a deal with the six world powers which ignores or undermines Iran's rights.
"We do not accept to reach a solution at all costs as we insist on our rights," he said. "We are trying to find an acceptable, logical and long-term solution."
"I hope the other side will be ready to see the realities, take our word seriously and accept that the Iranian nation has never withdrawn under pressure," he was quoted as saying by semi- official Fars news agency, adding that if both sides come to a mutual understanding, reaching a solution will be possible.
Iran and the so-called P5+1 group, five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, started new round of talks in Vienna on Wednesday to make diplomacy efforts to find a solution to Tehran's nuclear program.