Iran not to succumb to excessive demands: Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic will not give in to excessive demands in negotiations over the country’s nuclear program.
“Time and again, members of the [Iranian] negotiating delegation and I have stressed that [we] will certainly not allow the Western side to make excessive demands in the nuclear negotiations,” Zarif said in an interview on Friday.
“Definitely, the negotiating team feels obliged to abide by the [Islamic] establishment’s red lines in all issues in the nuclear talks,” he added.
Zarif made the remarks in response to a question about the US excessive demands in the nuclear talks, including inspections of Iran’s military sites.
The US has, on several occasions, called for Iran’s agreement to foreign inspections of its military sites as part of a possible final deal over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Iran has, however, categorically ruled out giving access to its military facilities.
On Wednesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that Iran will not allow any inspections by foreigners of its military sites.
“They (P5+1 countries) are making new comments in the [nuclear] negotiations. Regarding the inspections, we have said that we will not allow foreigners to carry out inspections of any [Iranian] military sites,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“The enemies should know that the Iranian nation and officials will, by no means, give in to excessive demands and bullying,” the Leader added.
Iran and the P5+1 group – the US, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – are currently working to reach a final accord on Iran’s nuclear program by the end of June.
Negotiators from Iran and the six countries started a new round of talks on drafting the text of a final nuclear deal in the Austrian city of Vienna earlier this week with the two sides continuing the negotiations on Friday.
The present round of talks is attended by deputy foreign ministers as well as political directors from the two sides.