SHAFAQNA – The Iranian foreign ministry lambasted US President Barack Obama for his recent claim that Tehran has participated in the nuclear talks with powers due to pressures and sanctions.
Iran entered the nuclear talks with a constructive intention to put an end to the “fabricated” crisis, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Tuesday, refusing claims that Tehran was forced to sit to the negotiations table through pressures and sanctions.
“Iran entered the nuclear talks given the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities and with an approach which is based on having constructive interaction,” Afkham stressed.
“Winning the US public opinion as well as fighting political rivals inside the US seem to be the true reason behind the reappearance of this wrong analysis that Iran’s presence in the nuclear talks has been the product of the oppressive and illegal sanctions,” she added.
Afkham stressed it is “crystal clear that pressuring Iran has failed to produce effects and has instead resulted in our country’s remarkable progress in all fields, including its peaceful nuclear program, and we believe this has brought the US to the table of the nuclear negotiations”.
Referring to the US president’s remarks on internal affairs of Iran as well as the relationship between the Iranian nation and its government, the spokeswoman recommended President Obama “to avoid making such baseless and unrealistic comments and review the huge presence of the Iranian people on all national occasions and elections in the post-Revolution era”.
On Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei complained that the behavior of the Americans and their European allies in the negotiations is illogical as they expect all their excessive demands to be met, “but this is not the way of negotiation”.
Ayatollah Khamenei approved of the Iranian officials’ standing up to the other side’s excessive demands, and said, “The Islamic ruling system acts on a logical basis in the nuclear talks, but the other side has no logic and is pursuing irrationality by relying on bullying.”
The Supreme Leader reiterated that the Iranian nation will not tolerate bullying, excessive demands and illogical behavior.
The 10th round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24, where the seven nations decided to extend the talks until July after they failed to strike an agreement. The seven nations continued their talks in February.
Both Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) negotiators have underlined that cutting a final deal before the July 10 deadline is possible.