Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday a peace conference on Syria slated for January should lay the groundwork for "absolutely free" elections.
Iran's agreement with world powers about supervision of its nuclear research may provide a model for a settlement of Syria's conflict, Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki said Saturday in Teheran.
The international conference on Syria Geneva-2 should be held at the designated date even if some opposition groups do not agree to take part in it, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is not able to fund an inquiry into the Iranian nuclear program in accordance with the agreement between Tehran and the Sextet, said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano today following a meeting of the Governing Board of the agency.
The UN atomic watchdog said Thursday that Iran has invited it to visit the heavy water production plant at its Arak site on December 8, for the first time since August 2011.
Iran will pursue construction at the Arak heavy-water reactor, Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif was quoted as saying on Wednesday, despite a deal with world powers to shelve a project they fear could yield plutonium for atomic bombs. Iran claimed that it will refrain from nuclear activities banned under the Geneva deal. So the US has said Iran can take on some construction at the nuclear facility.
The Syrian National Coalition and the National Council, two major coalitions of Syrian opposition groups, have vowed to form a united delegation to speak with one voice at the long-overdue Geneva-2 peace conference, the groups’ representative has announced.
The list of participants at the Syria peace talks being held by the United Nations in January has yet to be finalised, international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Monday, leaving open the thorny question of whether Iran would be at the table.
Iran and six world powers agreed Sunday to a deal that limits its nuclear programme, achieving the first diplomatic breakthrough since Tehran's nuclear activities came to light 10 years ago. Western leaders hailed their hard-won nuclear agreement but were quickly confronted by the scale of the six-month struggle ahead to reach a final settlement.
Iran and world powers reached a preliminary accord Sunday curbing Tehran's nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief, the biggest breakthrough in a decade-old standoff.
The UN Security Council, US and EU pledged not to impose new sanctions against Tehran for six months, according to the agreement concluded on the eve of the "six" of international mediators and Iran.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed the results of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program in Geneva, saying they have helped to bring closer the untangling of one of the knottiest problems in today's international policies.
The nuclear deal struck by Iran and six world powers "will help to maintain the international nuclear non-proliferation system, as well as stability in the Middle East," China said Sunday.
European Union President Herman Van Rompuy on Sunday hailed the "courage" shown by Iran and world powers in their deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme, but said the key lay in its "punctual" implementation.
Syria's regime hailed as "historic" a nuclear deal clinched in Geneva on Sunday between world powers and Iran, its chief regional ally in a war against armed rebels.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers was a historic mistake.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the deal reached with world powers in Geneva was the basis for further progress, and the prayers of the Iranian nation had contributed towards its success.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday the deal reached with six world powers in Geneva "recognised Iran's nuclear rights" by allowing it to continue to enrich uranium and that Tehran's enrichment activities would proceed similar to before.
Iran and six world powers have reached an agreement on curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief, several delegations in the talks said on Sunday. The signing ceremony of the historic agreement on Iran's nuclear programme was held in Geneva on Sunday.
President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that Iran's agreement with world powers on its nuclear programme was in the interests of the region and world peace, Fars news agency reported.