7 April 2013, 01:21

Western threats will not stop Iran from developing - Saeed Jalili

Despite economic sanctions and thinly-veiled threats from the West, Iran's leadership managed to find opportunities for maintaining the country’s development, said secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, attending Almaty negotiations over Iran’s disputed nuclear program with the six world powers. The talks broke off Saturday with scant signs of progress.

Jalili reminded that Iran is the world’s 17th largest economy, and its scientists "have successfully built a space ship and sent living beings into space."

In the opinion of the politician, rather than crippling the IRI, the sanctions do more harm to U.S. citizens and companies, depriving them of an opportunity to access the Iranian market.

Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said sanctions against Iran should be lifted if the country agrees to tighter control from the IAEA, as demanded by six world power. Moscow recognizes Tehran's right to peaceful atom.

Russia supports Iran’s right to enrich uranium

Russia suggests that Iran’s right for enriching uranium should be recognized in exchange for control from the IAEA. This is what Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said after the end of international talks over Iran’s nuclear issue in the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan, the Voice of Russia correspondent reports.

The participants in the talks were Iran, Russia, the US, China, France, the UK and Germany.

Mr. Ryabkov says that Iran was not satisfied with everything that the “six” of mediators suggested for solving
the Iranian issue. He adds that Russia, in its turn, was not satisfied with all the suggestions of Iran.

“If we disliked something in Iran’s suggestions, we openly said this,” he says.

Mr. Ryabkov added that Russia is not inclined to overdramatize the fact that the talks in Almaty brought
practically no results.

The time and place for the next round of talks have not been determined yet. Sergey Ryabkov hopes that they will be determined in the nearest future.

World powers and Iran remain far apart after Almaty talks - EU's Ashton

World powers and Iran remain far apart despite two days of intensive talks over Tehran's nuclear programme, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said after the negotiations ended on Saturday.

"Over two days of talks we had long and intensive discussions on the issues addressed in our confidence-building prospal," Ashton told a news conference in the Kazakh city of Almaty, where the negotiations took place.

"It became clear that our positions remain far apart," she said.

Talks with Iran bring little results

Another round of talks between Iran and the six mediators over Iran’s nuclear issue brought practically no results.

The six mediators in talks over Iran’s nuclear issue are Russia, the US, China, France, the UK and Germany. This round of talks took place in the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan and lasted 2 days.

The time and place of the new round of talks have not yet been determined.

However, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov says that at the talks, the sides showed that they trust each other, and Iran showed that it is ready to take the position of the “six” into account.

This was reported by a correspondent of the Voice of Russia.

Almaty talks suspended for consultations

After two days of talks held in Almaty in Kazakhstan, delegates from six world powers and Iran have suspended their discussion of Iran’s nuclear energy programme for consultations.

At a session held early Saturday, Iran’s delegates briefly walked out for saying prayers.

The Security Council’s Permanent Five plus Germany are trying to persuade Iran to come clean on some controversial aspects of its nuclear plans.

The report is from The Voice of Russia’s correspondent in Almaty.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, RIA


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