Top foreign adviser to Iran's supreme leader "Ali Akbar Velayati" called for separate talks directly with the United States amid the multilateral negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.
Velayati said Iran benefits by talking separately with each of the so-called "5+1" powers - the grouping of the United States, Russia, France, Britain, China and Germany, with which it negotiated the interim nuclear deal and with which it is still to work out a permanent accord. Each has separate interests, he said in comments on television that were also carried on the semi-official Mehr news agency.
He said "we aren't on the right path if we don't have one-on-one talks with the six countries" , adding "we have to talks with the countries separately. ... It would be wrong if we bring the countries into unity against us, since there are rifts among them over various international issues".
Experts from Iran and the world powers will hold a new round of talks Monday in Geneva on implementing the interim accord, one of Iran's senior negotiators, Abbas Araghchi, and the spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Friday. Ashton's spokeswoman said the talks by technical experts are expected to last one day.