TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic is determined in its nuclear talks and calls on the international community to seize the opportunity to secure a deal in that regard.
President Rouhani said in an address to an economic conference in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Tuesday that Iran is serious and determined in the nuclear negotiations, but the world needs to know that the opportunity offered by the Islamic Republic is not everlasting. The Iranian president also stated that a final nuclear deal over Iran’s nuclear energy program would serve the interests of all parties.
Also commenting on the US-led sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Rouhani said Iran has taken major steps to counter the bans. “We have weakened the sanctions... the lifting of the sanctions is in the interest of everyone.” Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany agreed on the extension of nuclear talks until November 24 with a view to achieving a permanent deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
The two sides sealed an interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013, for a six-month period. The deal, which took effect on January 20, expired on July 20.
Under the deal, dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities. Meanwhile, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that Iran is pursuing logic and rationality in its talks with the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany), and said that if the world powers do not make any excessive demands, the talks will surely bear fruits in the near future. “Iran’s diplomacy will not end up in deadlock unless there will be other problems (from the other side),” Larijani said, addressing a convention of Iran’s diplomatic corps abroad here in Tehran on Tuesday.
The Iranian parliament speaker called on the West to avoid excessive demands in area of Iran’s enrichment and Ark heavy water, and said, “It is meaningless to deprive a country of research and development.”
He rejected that Iran’s insistence on its principles in the nuclear talks is based on prejudice or any irrationality, and said, “The Group 5+1’s sensitivity to Fordo is a source of ambiguity for us; we have constructed a place under the mountains for (our) nuclear industry because of the Western threats.”
He reiterated that Iran has created a safe place for its enrichment facilities, but it has not restricted the inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“Iran is also speaking rationally about the time and duration of the negotiations because there should be specified time frame for the negotiations and if the G5+1 show a serious attitude, the general aspects of the nuclear issue will be settled in a shorter time,” Larijani said. On Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi voiced satisfaction in the progressive trend of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers, and described the one-on-one talks with the Sextet members as a productive plan to narrow down differences before the scheduled high-level meeting in September.
“Iran will definitely hold bilateral talks with the Group5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) ahead of the scheduled (high-level) meeting between (Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad) Zarif and (EU Foreign Policy Chief) Catherine Ashton on the sidelines of the (annual gathering of the) UN General Assembly,” Takht Ravanchi said. “The exact timetable and venue of the meetings have not been determined yet,” he added.
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