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11:00 | 2012-10-10

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Deputy FM: Iran Not in Hurry to Sit to Negotiating Table with G5+1

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi urged the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) to make a final decision on Tehran's proposals and provide a clear response, but meantime said that Tehran is not in a hurry to sit to the negotiating table with the world powers.

"We are not in a hurry to sit to the negotiating table with them and we wait until they make their decision," Araqchi told FNA on Wednesday.

"At present, we are waiting for them to present their views about the Islamic Republic's proposals and I believe that they should make their decision sooner to show if they want to approach this issue rationally and wisely or lose the opportunities by continuing their previous path," he added.

In relevant remarks in September, Iran's lead negotiator in talks with the world powers, Saeed Jalili, also said Tehran is waiting for the world powers' response to its proposal which was presented in the Moscow talks earlier this year.

Speaking at a press conference after a bilateral meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who represented the world powers in talks with Tehran, in Istanbul, the Iranian negotiator said, "We are always ready for talks and we have declared that we are ready to hear your response to Iran's plan."

Jalili alluded that he and Ashton have come to the conclusion that "the viewpoints raised in Moscow and Istanbul have reached a common point", and now a decision can be made for the start of the next round of talks.

The talks followed negotiations in Moscow in June, a meeting of the respective heads' deputies in July and phone calls made over the summer.