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No one benefits from absence of results at Iran-P5+1 talks — Iranian experts

November 21, 2014, 14:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“The US knows well what it wants from Iran, but it does not know what it can give in return," Professor of Allameh Tabatabaei University Gholam Ali Cheginizadeh said
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MOSCOW, November 21. /TASS/. No one will benefit if the final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is not reached at the talks between Iran and the P5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) on November 24, Iranian officials said at the International NPT Conference on Friday.

The director of the Institute of Political and International Studies at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Mostafa Zahrani, said, “November 24 was proposed by the Iranian side. If nothing happens on this day, this does not mean that everything will be lost.”

“Of course, we have a backup plan, if no final agreement is reached, certain economic elements have already been worked out. No one will benefit if we fail to come to an agreement on November 24,” Zahrani said.

Deputy Director of the Centre for Strategic Research Abbas Maleki said, “Iran should be patient and the West should be honest during the talks.” “I hope that the parties will reach an agreement till November 24. But if this does not happen, there will be no tragedy. We have a kind of plan B. Certain economic measures have been worked out,” he said.

Professor of Allameh Tabatabaei University Gholam Ali Cheginizadeh took a more pessimistic position. “The ‘5+1’ formula is not an international structure. We observe the US dominant role in it,” he said.

The expert said the United States misunderstood the reason of Iran's agreement to hold talks. “It (the US) believes that Iran agreed for talks because it was exhausted by sanctions. But it is wrong. Such approach cannot yield results,” he said.

“The US knows well what it wants from Iran, but it does not know what it can give in return. If the November 24 talks do not yield results, big opportunities will be lost,” Cheginizadeh said.

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