Negotiations With P5+1 Will Resume Soon: Iran
Iran today said it hopes to start the next round of negotiations with P5+1 soon and stressed that every member-country of IAEA has the right to pursue peaceful nuclear programme.

"We have concluded several rounds of negotiations with the Group. The latest was six months ago in Russia...We hope to soon conduct negotiations with P5+1," Saeed Jalili, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran said here.

He added "the time and venue has not been finalised but we hope it will be done soon."

The remarks came at amidst intense speculation over the next round of talks with reports accusing Iran of delaying the negotiations.

The P5+1 is a group of countries which in 2006 joined the diplomatic efforts with Iran with regard to its controversial nuclear programme.

The term refers to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, France, Germany, Russia, UK and US - plus Germany.

Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, said that during the last meeting in Russia, Iran had put forward its "proposals" and the rest had sought time to study them.

"In the last six months, we have said we are ready and willing to talk to them. They have delayed it," he said adding P5+1 had recently expressed their willingness to join negotiations.

Speaking further on the issue, Jalili, who is here on a three-day official visit during which he will hold talks with his National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, pitched for nuclear disarmament.

"We believe that the world should move to nuclear disarmament," he said adding nuclear proliferations should be checked.

Jalili, who was speaking at the Observer Research Foundation, said it is the "right" of all International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) member-countries to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Jalili said Iran has followed a peaceful nuclear programme and that Tehran was aware of its duties.

"We don't accept less rights nor more duties," he said.

He also refuted media reports that Iranian observers took part in the recent missile test by North Korea.

Jalili also called for a universal definition of the word 'terrorist' and 'democracy' and and stressed that democracy cannot be brought in "through the barrel of a gun".

"There is a need for common definition of terrorist. The problem is that some powers choose to define terrorists as per their interests," Jalili said.

Without mincing words, he said that based on its interests, countries support or combat terrorists.

"What matters for them is their interests and not combating terrorists," Jalili said adding Afghanistan is an example.

"One of the former premiers of Pakistan said that terrorism was developed by US, planned by Pakistan and financed by Arab countries," Jalili said. After that, the same people who planned terrorism occupied Afghanistan", he added.

He said that inspite of spending 10 years, the US, NATO and foreign forces have not be been able to curb terrorism but smuggling of narcotics has increased.
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