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West must drop ‘illogical’ nuclear demands, says Iran

West must drop ‘illogical’ nuclear demands, says Iran
Deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi, one of Iran’s chief negotiators, was speaking before a meeting in Vienna with senior officials from the three European members of the group of six world powers involved in the negotiations with Tehran.

The talks between Iran and Britain, France and Germany take place less than a week after Iran and the United States held a bilateral meeting in Geneva. It was not clear when the Vienna talks would begin.

The six powers, also grouping Russia and China, will hold their first full negotiating round with Iran since July on September 18 in New York, seeking to narrow differences over the future size of Iran’s uranium enrichment infrastructure and other issues.

‘The talks can yield results if the other party shows goodwill and abandons some of its illogical demands,’ Araqchi was quoted as saying in Vienna by Iran’s Fars news agency.

‘We hope to reach further understanding through bilateral meetings which will help advancement of the talks in New York.’  Iran denies Western allegations that it is enriching uranium to develop the capability to assemble nuclear weapons, saying its atomic activities are for peaceful energy purposes.

The United States and its allies have imposed sanctions on Iran, a major oil producer, in recent years to make it scale back a nuclear programme they suspect has military links. 
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