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17:56 | 2012-05-13


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Ex-French PM: World Powers Scary of New Crisis

TEHRAN (FNA)- The world powers do not want to be faced with any new crisis given the current global economic meltdown and their numerous economic problems, former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard said, days before Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) hold talks in Baghdad.

"Leaders of the world system are not prepared for a new crisis," Rocard said, addressing a meeting at the Iranian Foreign Ministry's Faculty of International Relations in Tehran on Sunday.

He referred to the improper attitude shown by the world powers towards Iran's nuclear program, and said economic problems have made the western states nervous and that's why they are dealing with Iran's case "with anger".

"Given the critical conditions prevailing in the western countries, Iran's nuclear issue is treated angrily, rather than normally."

Noting that all parties attending the nuclear talks with Iran are experiencing difficult conditions, Rocard warned that any nervous and provocative move in this regard will be dangerous and have dire consequences.

Iran and the Group 5+1 restarted negotiations in Istanbul last month and the sides have agreed to meet again in Baghdad on May 23.

Iranian officials have said they are hopeful to see tangible results in the upcoming meeting in Baghdad, adding they are "optimistic" that in the May 23 session the other side would reciprocate Iran's goodwill gestures.

"We continue to be optimistic about the upcoming negotiations," said Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad Mahdi Akhondzadeh at a conference in Vienna on Wednesday.