Iran sets 'red lines' ahead of fresh N-talks.
President Hassan Rowhani insisted Iran was "serious" about the negotiations, as his negotiators warned they would not back down on some of the thorniest issues of the decade-long dispute.
Negotiations are set to resume in Vienna on February 18 and 19 between Iran and the so-called P5+1.
Building on a breakthrough interim deal reached in November, negotiators hope to eventually reach a comprehensive accord to allay international concerns that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapons capability, allegations denied by Tehran.
Under a deal reached in Tehran with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran will explain its need for sophisticated detonators that could be used to initiate a nuclear chain reaction.
But on Monday Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is also a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, said "the defense-related issues are a red line for Iran. "We will not allow such issues to be discussed in future talks," he said.
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