Iran Calls on US to Avoid Derailing N. Talks with Irrelevant Issues
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman criticized disparaging anti-Iran remarks made by a top US diplomat, and said the US officials should avoid raising irrelevant issues that are not helpful for talks between Iran and the six major world powers.
This comes after the US State Department’s third ranking official and the nuclear negotiator in Iran-G5+1 nuclear talks, Wendy Sherman, on Thursday accused Iranians of deception.
“We know that deception is part of the DNA in Iran," Sherman told a Senate committee.
On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham, reacted to these comments, saying, “If Ms. Sherman’s political remarks are as accurate as the (insulting) points she recently made, then her other comments should be called into question.”
Speaking about the negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 countries (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), Afkham also noted that both sides should maintain the sound atmosphere of talks through wise and vigilant measures, and to shun irrelevant issues which do not contribute to the trend of talks.
The US State Department’s third ranking official, also said in an address to the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee that the anti-Iranian sanctions “should not disappear anytime soon,” disregarding the Iranian nuclear team’s insistence on lifting the illegally imposed sanctions in return for proposals made by Tehran to ensure the West on the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.
Her comments come days after Tehran and the Group 5+1 held a two-day meeting in the Swiss city of Geneva on October 15-16. During the two-day talks, Iran presented a three-step plan with the aim of bringing the standoff over the Islamic Republic’s peaceful nuclear program to an end.
After the talks the White House said Iran had shown a greater level of "seriousness and substance" than ever before at the two days of talks in Geneva.
The two sides are to hold a new round of talks in Geneva on November 7-8, which are to be preceded by sessions attended by scientific and sanctions experts to address differences and to develop practical steps.