Iranian Official On Nuclear Talks, Afghanistan, US

Iran said Monday that nuclear negotiations with world powers would continue “in the next few days” in Brussels. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said talks last week between the EU’s top foreign policy official Enrique Mora and Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri were constructive and would continue.

Iran wants the lifting of “all sanctions” and “a guarantee that no one in Washington can play with the world and harass again,” Khatibzadeh said, referring to America’s exit from the 2015 nuclear deal which is now in tatters. Khatibzadeh added that Iran did not set any preconditions for America to rejoin the talks.

After negotiations between Iran and world powers to revive the nuclear deal stalled earlier this year, Iran violated the limits set by the accord.

Iran has enriched small amounts of uranium to a level closest to the purity level to make weapons while its supplies continue to grow.

Khatibzadeh also told a news briefing Monday that Iran would host a conference on October 27 on Afghanistan’s political future and the formation of a new government. [ka/ab]

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