SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-“We will sit at the negotiating table with the world powers with our distinguished and powerful diplomats who have sufficient experience in different areas and God willingly we will protect our nuclear rights and will bring back calm and welfare to the people,” President Rouhani said, addressing a large gathering of people in the Northwestern city of Ardebil on Wednesday morning.
He noted that although Iran is under the West’s sanctions and the government has made good progress in removal of the embargoes, the obstacles still exist.
President Rouhani said that the structure of the sanctions against Iran has cracked, and added, “We will release $7 billion of Iran’s frozen assets by November 24.”
The Iranian president pointed to the current talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), and said, “Our enemies feel that they can attack the Islamic system while due to the guidance and leadership of (Iran’s) Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and people’s epical presence on different scenes we will soon break the structure of the oppressive sanctions which are wrong and illegal.”
On Sunday, Rouhani said Tehran would never accept to include its missile program in the talks with the world powers, and stressed Tehran’s serious intention for continuing uranium enrichment.
“Iran’s missile power cannot undergo negotiation at all and at any level,” President Rouhani said in a meeting with visiting Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukio Amano in Tehran.
He said any agreement between Iran and the G5+1 as envisaged in the Geneva deal inked by the seven nations in November should entail Iran’s continued uranium enrichment for civilian purposes inside the country and removal of all unilateral and international sanctions against Tehran.
“We have no fear of cooperation to obviate the ambiguities since use of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) has no room in Iran’s defensive doctrine based on the codes of ethics and within the framework of religion and the fatwa (religious decree) issued by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei),” President Rouhani stressed.
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the six world powers to fulfill their undertakings and annul the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran.
“The members of the Group 5+1 should comply with their undertaking and annul the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran,” Zarif told reporters after meeting Romanian Deputy Foreign Minister Carmen Burlaco in Tehran.
Asked if the G5+1 enjoy the necessary power and authority to remove the UNSC sanctions against Iran without any need to the consent of the other member states, Zarif said, “The Group 5+1 cannot annul the UN Security Council sanctions by themselves, but they as the five permanent Security Council members know that no agreement will be put into effect unless the 5+1 members comply with their undertaking for removing the UNSC sanctions against Iran.”
Zarif said Iran has stressed this issue in all its nuclear talks with the six powers.
He said one of the major undertakings which goes under discussion in every round of Iran-powers nuclear negotiations pertains to the abovementioned topic, meaning that “the G5+1 should help to the removal of the sanctions through UN Security Council mechanisms”.
The Iranian foreign minister further pointed out that he would have a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton as well as several bilateral talks with the G5+1 members on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting in New York in September.