Ahead of talks, Iran says West must drop 'illogical' nuclear demands

September 11, 2014 13:33

VIENNA - Iran said world powers should abandon their "illogical demands" over its nuclear program, ahead of talks on Thursday to try to bridge wide differences in positions and end the decade-old dispute by late November.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, one of Iran's chief negotiators, was speaking before a meeting in Vienna with senior officials from the three European members of the group of six world powers involved in the negotiations with Tehran.

The talks between Iran and Britain, France and Germany take place less than a week after Iran and the United States held a bilateral meeting in Geneva. It was not clear when the Vienna talks would begin.

The six powers, also grouping Russia and China, will hold their first full negotiating round with Iran since July on Sept. 18 in New York, seeking to narrow differences over the future size of Iran's uranium enrichment infrastructure and other issues.

"The talks can yield results if the other party shows goodwill and abandons some of its illogical demands," Araqchi was quoted as saying in Vienna by Iran's Fars news agency.

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