TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi reiterated that the country would continue talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.
"No letter has been exchanged regarding negotiations with G5+1, but the dialogues would continue for sure. Mr. Rouhani should assume the responsibility and appoint the negotiating team. Off course, they have expressed readiness for the talks," Salehi said as asked about the talks with the G5+1.
In April, Iran and the G5+1 wrapped up two days and four rounds of intensive negotiations in Almaty after the delegations of the world powers demanded further consultations with their capitals.
The Iranian team was led by Iran's top negotiator Saeed Jalili and the G5+1's representatives were presided by EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton.
Western media raised some speculations that the continuation of talks would depend on the upcoming presidential election in Iran, and that nothing substantial would take place under the present conditions.
Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) would encourage the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West's hardline stance on Tehran.
Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down west's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment. The United States and the European Union have ratcheted up their sanctions on Iran this year to force it to curb its nuclear program.
Iranian officials have always shrugged off the sanctions, saying that pressures make them strong and reinvigorate their resolve to further move towards self-sufficiency.