Iran says election will not affect nuclear stance

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian nuclear negotiator is saying that Iran’s coming presidential election will not affect its stance in nuclear talks with world powers.

The Sunday report by the official IRNA news agency quotes Abbas Araghchi as saying “changes in domestic politics in Iran will not affect the trend in nuclear talks.”

Araghchi, a deputy foreign minister, also said Iran is ready for further talks.

The remark is seen a message to permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany to return to talks after the last round in April made no breakthrough.

No date has been decided for further talks.

The West is trying to curb Iran’s nuclear program since it suspects it has a military dimension. Iran is insisting its program is for peaceful purposes.

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