Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton opened the multifaceted talks between Iran and the P5+1 — Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany — in Geneva on Monday.
During the talks Iran reiterated that it would not negotiate its nuclear rights, and the issue would not be on the agenda.
Jalili also focused on last week’s terrorist attacks targeting Iranian scientists in Tehran.
He condemned the West’s silence over the attacks, which left one Iranian professor dead and another injured.
He also questioned the involvement of certain countries in these attacks.
Both sides agreed to include issues such as nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful nuclear cooperation, which have been touched upon in Iran’s package of proposal, on the agenda of the next round of talks on Tuesday.
The P5+1, headed by Ashton, comprises of the deputy foreign ministers of member states.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns were also present at the talks.
Dialogue between Iran and the P5+1 had been stalled since October 1, 2009, when the two sides met in Geneva.