Iranian President Rouhani optimistic as nuclear talks resume

Rouhani believes talks will bring "positive results" in next few months, will lead to improved Iranian economy.

December 30, 2013 18:46
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the UN General Assembly, September 24, 2013.

Rouhani at the UN 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz)


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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was optimistic as technical talks with world powers resumed in Geneva on Monday.

"The negotiations will yield positive results in the next one to two months and then we can have development in the country’s economy,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars.

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Restarting the talks was a vital step in implementing a nuclear deal signed last month which suspends key elements of Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief.

The talks between expert teams from Iran and six world powers were meant to translate the political deal into a detailed implementation plan by the end of January, Iran's state news agency, IRNA, quoted an unnamed source as saying.

Hamid Baeidinejad, the director general for political and international affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, will be leading the Iranian delegation which includes experts from nuclear, banking, oil and transportation sectors, according to Fars.

A key sticking point appears to be how much advance information Western governments will get so they can verify that Iran is meeting its end of the deal before they lift any sanctions.

The third round of talks between technical experts from the permanent UN Security Council members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany, are set to last a day and resume in 2014, IRNA reported, a sign of the complexities facing the negotiators in reaching agreement on practical steps.

They began work on Dec. 9 but Iran broke off the talks in protest at the US blacklisting an additional 19 Iranian companies and individuals under existing sanctions.

Iranian officials said the move violated the spirit of the deal but US officials said it did not breach the agreement.

Iran rejects Western fears that its nuclear work has any military intentions and says it needs nuclear power for electricity generation and medical research.

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