Moscow Lauds Jalili Letter to 5+1

A02436317.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)-Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov has said negotiations are the only way of easing tension over Iran’s nuclear program.

Upon receipt of a copy on Wednesday of the letter from Iran’s Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Seed Jalili to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Ryabkov said that Moscow supports a diplomatic solution for the Iranian nuclear issue.

He added that Jalili’s initiative in writing a letter to the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana is a positive action, indicative of Iran’s seriousness for the continuation of the talks with the group of 5+1.

Jalili’s Monday letter to Solana criticized the West’s ‘unreasonable behavior’ in nuclear talks with Iran, press tv reported.

“It is amusing that the reasonable questions we raise in the course of nuclear talks are always met with pressure tactics rather than logical answers,” Jalili said in the communication to Solana.

He added that some six months ago, the Islamic Republic of Iran forwarded a package of practical proposals as a framework for talks on common concerns that included collective commitments to eventually bring about an international order based on justice, peace and harmony.

“It is clear that acceptance of this proposal and in turn not missing the time and the opportunity for avoiding illogical behavior, could have given us a solid base for constructive cooperative relationships,” Jalili concluded in his letter.

The missive was addressed through Solana to the foreign ministers of the six country group consisting of the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany.

A US official reacted to the letter by saying that the six powers planned to hold a conference call later this week to discuss it and a possible reply, but refused to set a time for the event.

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