Friday, 22 June 2012

The Latest from Iran (22 June): Supreme Leader "More Talks, Please"

0530 GMT: After two days of near-silence following the nuclear talks in Moscow with the 5+1 Powers, the Supreme Leader's office has put out an important signal.

Ali Akbar Velayati, former Foreign Minister and Ayatollah Khamenei's advisor on international matters, has put out the line, "Tehran is ready for any negotiations if the other sides in the P5+1 group accepts the Islamic Republic of Iran's rights in accordance with international treaties."

Velayati specifically welcomed the one outcome from the stalemate at Moscow, the technical talks between Iran and the 5+1's representatatives in Istanbul on 3 July. 

While the advisor asserted that "Tehran is still defending its principled rights strongly", the message is that the Islamic Republic --- facing the imposition of more sanctions from 1 July --- will not bring down the negotiations.

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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