Iran Says Nuclear Talks Set for January 15, Vows to Stand Firm


(Reuters) – Iran and six world powers are set to resume low-level talks on Iran’s nuclear program in Geneva on Jan 15, with wide gaps remaining in their positions, the Iranian foreign minister said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the lead negotiator for Iran with the six powers known as “P5+1,” made the remarks in a closed-door session with members of the Iranian parliament’s National Security Committee, according to state news agency IRNA.

“We have stood firm and demand lifting of all sanctions at once,” Zarif said. “If there are any rational proposals we will comply, otherwise we are ready for any outcome.”

Last week, Zarif urged Western powers to drop “unrealistic” demands so the dispute can be resolved. “I am confident that a comprehensive agreement is within reach,” he wrote to his counterparts across the West. “But we will firmly resist any humiliating illegitimate demands.”

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