Iranian official calls for direct talks with US

The top foreign adviser to Iran`s supreme leader has called for new direct talks with the United States amid the multilateral negotiations over Iran`s nuclear program.

PTI| Updated: Dec 28, 2013, 01:13 AM IST

Tehran: The top foreign adviser to Iran`s supreme leader has called for new direct talks with the United States amid the multilateral negotiations over Iran`s nuclear program.

The remarks today by Ali Akbar Velayati signaled a high-level endorsement of the policies of President Hassan Rouhani, whom hard-liners have criticized over last month`s nuclear deal and other contacts with the US.

Velayati says Iran should talk separately with each of the "5+1" powers, which include the United States. "We aren`t on the right path if we don`t have one-on-one talks with the six countries," he said, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.
One of Iran`s senior negotiators, Abbas Araghchi, says experts from Iran and the world powers will hold a new round of talks Monday on implementing last month`s deal.