Iran's envoy to Moscow Seyyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi on Monday reaffirmed Tehran’s readiness to hold constructive talks with the six major world powers (P5+1), Mehr News Agency reported.
He added, however, that a precondition was that the West should abandon its hostile position toward the Islamic Republic.
“We believe that if the West stopped its hostile stance and acted in accordance with the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] there would be no problem and [Iran’s nuclear energy] issue would be resolved,” Sajjadi asid in an interview with Mehr.
Tehran has repeatedly stated its readiness for “honest and constructive” talks with the P5+1 -- Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany, he noted.
He praised Russia’s position, stressing that threatening Iran risks further complicating the situation and advocating that disputes are settled through negotiations and diplomatic means.
On Friday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the next round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 should start as soon as possible.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.