IRAN RULES OUT PRE-CONDITIONS AHEAD OF NUCLEAR TALKS
- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran would not agree to world powers imposing pre-conditions ahead of the resumption of nuclear talks later this week, Reuters reported citing Iranian media.
"Setting conditions before the meeting means drawing conclusions, which is completely meaningless and none of the parties will accept conditions set before the talks," the Iranian parliamentary news agency quoted Salehi as saying Monday, April 9.
U.S. officials say that getting Iran to suspend high-level uranium enrichment and close a nuclear facility built deep under a mountain near the holy city of Qom are priorities for the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, which are set to resume in Istanbul on Saturday.
"These issues have been raised by the media and we cannot base our judgment on those concerns reflected by media coverage," Salehi added.
He said the Iranian negotiating team would ignore those reports and defend its position in the talks. "We have our opinions and the P5+1 have theirs but we have to find common areas."
The United States and its allies hope to be able to strike a deal with Iran over its nuclear program which they suspect is being used to covertly develop a nuclear weapons capability.
Iran maintains its activities are entirely peaceful and has so far refused to suspend enriching uranium.
- 1920 Meeting of the three Caucasian Republics' Council in Tbilisi. The question of Gharabagh was also discussed.
- 1922 The Assembly of the Transcaucasian Western Armenian workers opened in Yerevan.
- 1932 Creation of Armenia's Union of Soviet Writers, the Union of Musicians, the Union of Soviet Painters and Fine Arts, and the Union of Soviet Architects.
- 1994 Artsakh forces start their Aregasar operation. This ultimate effort liberates the Mataghis, Chaily, and Talish areas of Martakert.
- 1999 In a commendable letter, Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, then Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs, pledged that the administration would raise with Turkey the issue of the recovery of Armenian assets from the genocide period held by the Imperial Ottoman Bank.