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Top MP: Iran-Powers Talks Should Focus on Removal of Sanctions

29 December 2012 18:43

A0271078Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi underlined on Saturday that withdrawal of the sanctions against Iran should be the focal point in any future talks on cooperation between Iran and the Group 5+1.

“Under US pressures and incited by Britain, the EU was a forerunner of sanctions against our nation outside the (UN) resolution, and the G5+1 should take action to obviate this cruelty and change this policy,” Boroujerdi told FNA.

“It is true that Americans exert pressure (on the EU and other world powers) but our word with the negotiating team and the G5+1 is that removal of sanctions should definitely be the important pivot of the discussions,” he added.

Asked to comment on the media reports that the six world powers have a new package of incitements for Tehran in return for a suspension of its 20-percent uranium enrichment activities, Boroujerdi said, “Enrichment will never stop in the Islamic Republic of Iran since it is a parliament approval and is an obligation that the government has been required by the parliament to do, and the government is bound to put it into practice.”

The world powers have called for a halt in Iran’s 20% uranium enrichment, but Iranian officials underline that Tehran will continue the enrichment activity that is needed for the production of radioisotopes for the treatment of about 1 million cancer patients in Iran.

The Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) is preparing for new talks with Iran over its nuclear program most probably in January.

The talks would be the first high-level negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program since June, offering at least the prospect of a thaw in a standoff that has grown increasingly tense in recent months.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the NPT entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

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