Spokeswoman Underlines Iranian Negotiators’ Full Commitment to Leader’s Guidelines
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham underscored full commitment of the country’s negotiators to the guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Sayyed Ali Khamenei, and rejected the possibility of Tehran’s acceptance of a two-phased nuclear agreement with the world powers.
Afkham said on Thursday that the Iranian nuclear negotiating team acts based on the guidelines set by Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Sayyed Ali Khamenei, and added that as the Leader has noted, in its nuclear negotiations with the six world powers, “Iran will only accept an agreement which is reached in one stage and includes all outlines and details together”.
“Iran’s negotiating team has so far moved in this direction and will continue its move this way,” she said.
Her remarks came after Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Sayyed Ali Khamenei underlined earlier this month that Iran would never accept a bad agreement with the world powers, adding that the country is in favor of a single-phase comprehensive deal which would respect the Iranian nation’s inalienable rights and entail all details.
“I agree with an agreement if it can be struck, but I disagree with a bad agreement,” the Supreme Leader said in a meeting with the commanders and personnel of the Iranian Air Force and Air Defense in Tehran in February.
Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Sayyed Ali Khamenei pointed to the US officials’ remarks that “disagreement is better than a bad agreement”, and said, “We believe the same and we believe that not agreement is better than striking an agreement that would harm the national interests and pave the way for humiliating the great Iranian nation.”
The Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Sayyed Ali Khamenei further stressed his opposition to striking a deal over general issues and leaving the details for some other time in future, saying that a final agreement should include all the general principles and all the details together and should not leave anything for future.
The Supreme Leader reiterated that the Iranian nation will not tolerate bullying, excessive demands and illogical behavior.
Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Sayyed Ali Khamenei stressed that the general points and technical details of any accord need to be agreed upon simultaneously as the US has already proved that it tries to escape its undertakings under the pretext of different interpretations.
“The contents of such a contract should be transparent, clear and not open to interpretation. The contents of the agreement should not allow the other side which is used to bargaining to seek excuses on different issues,” Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Sayyed Ali Khamenei added.
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 latest round of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers was held in February and they have decided to hold the fresh round of negotiations later this week.
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.