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Iran ‘cautiously optimistic’ about future of n-talks

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Tehran – Iranian government said Tuesday that it was cautiously optimistic about future of the nuclear talks.

“Ir! anians proved that the nuclear issue would only be solved through negot! iations based on mutual respect and equal footing. Thus, the only option is to enter the talks with caution and optimism, with the eyes wide open,” reported Xinhua citing Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“If there is a political will, no issue would remain unsolved in the nuclear area.”

“Iran is ready to remove the logical concerns of (the P5+1 group) over the country’s nuclear programme,” he said, stressing that “removing the concerns is one of our objectives” in the nuclear negotiations.

Uranium enrichment, as one of the main components of Iran’s nuclear programme, will be maintained on the country’s soil, he said, dismissing the recent comments that uranium enrichment has not been considered as the “right” for Iran in the Geneva agreement documents.

Iran and the P5+1 group, or the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany, announced they have reached an interim deal Sunday after five days of marathon talks in Geneva.

The ! US and its allies will afford Iran with limited relief of sanctions on its oil, gold, petrochemicals, auto industries and civil aviation with an estimated value of about $7 billion under the terms of the six-month nuclear deal.

In exchange, Iran agreed to halt enrichment above 5 percent and neutralising its stockpile of near-20 percent uranium by means of dilution or converting.

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