US to Be Held Accountable for Failure of Iran Nuclear Talks: MP

US to Be Held Accountable for Failure of Iran Nuclear Talks: MP

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian lawmaker put the ball in the court of the US, saying the responsibility for a possible failure in reaching a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program will lie with Washington.

“If a deal is not struck, the US should be definitely held accountable," Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters on Sunday, adding that the US will possibly not accept the logical framework of the agreement.

He underlined that Iran has repeatedly announced its transparent positions and has affirmed that it will not relinquish its red lines in the course of the nuclear talks.

As regards a trilateral meeting between Iran, the US and the EU, underway in the Omani capital of Muscat, Boroujerdi did not rule out the possibility that the outcome of the negotiations would be sort of a deal.

Since Sunday morning, Oman has brought together Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, US Secretary of State John Kerry and EU's negotiator on Iran Catherine Ashton for a trilateral meeting on Tehran’s nuclear case.

The two-day talks focus on the main differences in the course of securing a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

The trilateral meeting in Muscat is a prelude to another round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six nations (also known as the P5+1 or E3+3), slated for November 18 in Vienna.

Earlier this morning and before joining Kerry and Ashton, Foreign Minister Zarif told reporters that Iran and the other side still remain far apart on some issues.

As regards the differences, Zarif said the two sides are divided on the extent of Iran’s uranium enrichment program and a formula for the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.

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