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15:58 | 2013-01-09

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Spokesman: Iran-G5+1 Talks Likely to Cover Regional Issues

TEHRAN (FNA)- The talks between Iran and the group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) are not limited to Iran's nuclear issue and may cover other topics, including regional issues, as well, an Iranian spokesman said on Wednesday.

"The negotiations between Iran and G5+1 are comprehensive and are not just about the nuclear issue," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said today.

He added that Iranian representatives have already told the representatives of the six world powers that different issues can be discussed including campaign against narcotics, and stated that the western countries have proposed dealing with the regional crises.

"The (Iran-powers) meeting presents an opportunity for another view to be raised alongside the viewpoint of the western countries," Mehman-Parast underscored.

Last week, Iran's top negotiator in talks with the world powers Saeed Jalili said Tehran and the Group 5+1 would resume talks later this month, although the place and date for the negotiations have not been finalized.

Jalili told reporters in New Delhi that Tehran has agreed to a new round of talks this month.

"We have accepted that these talks should be held in January ... but till now the details have not been finalized," he said.

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.

Despite the rules enshrined in the NPT entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA's questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.