Ali Akbar Velayati

Former Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, now the head of strategic research for the Expediency Council, says the nuclear talks between Iran and the 5 +1 have not reached an “impasse” and there is much hope for positive results in June.

IRNA reports that Velayati spoke after a meeting with the French Foreign Ministry’s director of Middle Eastern affairs, telling reporters: “I do not believe the talks have reached an impasse, and they will continue. The Islamic Republic supports the progress of the talks.”

The fourth round of nuclear talks between IRNA and the world powers ended on Friday in Vienna without any significant reports of progress from either side.

Velayati stressed that the Iranian delegation has followed the framework established by the Islamic Republic Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and that so far he supports their actions.

In recent months, the Rohani administration and his nuclear negotiating team have been a target of serious attacks by the ultra-right factions of the Islamic Republic, who claim they are squandering Iran’s nuclear achievements and conceding too much in the nuclear negotiations.

After an interim deal was reached in Geneva last November, the nuclear talks are now geared toward drafting a final agreement.