Spokesman Terms US "Main Obstacle" to Fruitfulness of Iran-G5+1 Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said that the US is not after resolving Iran's nuclear issue as Washington has so far prevented a negotiated solution to the issue in the talks between Tehran and the six world powers.
"The US does not seek to solve problems and only creates obstacles in the progress of negotiations between Iran and G5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany)," Mehman-Parast said on the sidelines of the 10th Eurasian Media Forum (EAMF) in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Thursday.
Mehman-Parast said that Washington obstructed the negotiations whenever they yielded a positive result.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Iran held an "intense" round of talks with six world powers about its nuclear program in Moscow in June. The talks in the Russian capital followed two rounds of negotiations since diplomacy resumed in April after a 15-month hiatus during which the West cranked up sanctions pressure.
Iranian officials have repeatedly insisted on an easing of sanctions and an acknowledgment of the country's right to enrich uranium, conditions that the United States and the EU have not accepted.