SHAFAQNA – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called on the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) to pick up a pragmatic view and accept Tehran’s nuclear rights if they intend reach a final agreement with the country.
“Reaching a final agreement depends on the negotiating parties’ pragmatism towards Iran, recognizing its right to use peaceful nuclear energy and stopping their political and businessman-like bargaining; under such an atmosphere, reaching an agreement won’t be out of reach,” Larijani said in a meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides in Tehran on Sunday.
Elsewhere, he underlined Iran’s enthusiasm for the further expansion of ties and cooperation with Cyprus, and appreciated the country for its humanitarian positions on the massacre of the defenseless Palestinian people by the Zionist regime.
Larijani described the presence of the terrorist and Takfiri groups as the most important regional crisis, and said, “Certain regional states’ support for the terrorists and strengthening them, the western states’ division of good and bad terrorists and using them as an instrument are among the root causes of the spread of terrorist activities in the region and even the world.”
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 next round of the nuclear talks between the two sides will be held at the level of deputy foreign ministers in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 18.
Iran’s nuclear chief announced on Friday that Tehran had done its utmost efforts to bring maximum transparency to its nuclear program and remove the alleged concerns of the Western states, stressing that the world powers had been left with no more excuse to avoid a final agreement with Iran.
“I assess the negotiations as to be positive and the other side has been left with no other option, but interaction with Iran and we have taken all excuses from them in technical aspects,” Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said.
He explained that when the G5+1 raised concerns about Arak heavy water reactor in Central Iran, the country announced its readiness to redesign the reactor to decrease the annual plutonium production at the facility from 10 kg to 1kg.
Salehi said in other areas of nuclear work like enrichment too Iran had removed the powers’ concerns to make a win-win deal possible.
“But if they (the powers) want to withdraw from this trend, it will be them who will be the loser in the eyes of the world public opinion,” Salehi said.