TEHRAN- In a response to remarks by US officials, Iranian deputy Foreign Minister and senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said Tehran attaches no importance to media hype and continues talks as long as there is respect at the negotiating table.

"Iranian nation and nuclear negotiators as the sons of the nation will never surrender to threats, bullying, pressures, and force," state-run IRNA news agency quoted Araqchi as saying. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that “significant gaps” remained and warned that Washington was ready to walk away from the talks if Tehran didn’t agree to terms demonstrating that it doesn’t want atomic arms. "We have already faced this kind of American rhetoric and it is unfortunate that they repeat it while it has completely failed," Araqchi stated. He was speaking after three hours of talks on Sunday night between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and their Iranian counterparts.

Stressing that the negotiations should continue in a win-win situation, Araqchi said, "We continue the talks strongly, but whenever we feel that the negotiations do not secure our national interests, we will certainly walk away."

Courtesy: Almanar