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Iran to continue dialogue with six world powers

December 17, 2013, 18:10 UTC+3 17

Iranian ambassador: the country is interested in co-operation with Russia, China, India

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MOSCOW, December 17 (Itar-Tass) - Iran will continue talks with the six world powers to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and it expects the countries to fulfil their obligations, Iran's new ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanai said on Tuesday.

“We will continue the dialogue and we hope that the six world powers will remain committed to their obligations,” he stressed. “I would like to note the constructive and positive role Russia has played in the process of the talks.”

Sanai believes that the interim agreements reached between Iran, on the one hand, and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia, on the other, show that the only way to deal with the Iranian “nuclear record” is a peace dialogue.

“The agreements reached are very important,” he said. “As a result, the world powers have recognized Iran’s right to uranium enrichment within the norms and regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”

Speaking about sanctions against the Islamic Republic, the diplomat noted that over the past ten years, Iran’s science had made some progress in the field of nuclear technologies. That is why the sanctions “will have no impact”.

Mehdi Sanai also said that the country hopes to expand co-operation with Russia, China and India.

He stressed that “the issues of enhancing relations between Iran and Russia are reflected in Iran’s foreign policy concept.”

“The fact that we want to settle differences with the West does not mean that we will ignore our relations with Russia,” he said.

Sanai said that the new course of the Iranian government aimed to promote constructive and efficient co-operation with every country in the world, to eliminate international and unilateral sanctions against Iran, and to fight terrorism and the spread of mass destruction weapons alongside clarifying uncertainties over the Iranian nuclear programme.

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