Iranian nuclear negotiators to comply with red lines: Araqchi
A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says the Iranian negotiating delegation is committed to observing the country’s red lines in the nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of countries.
“Diplomats and negotiators are obliged to comply with the guidelines and red lines set for them,” Abbas Araqchi said in a televised interview with the IRIB on Monday night.
Araqchi, who is also the Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, stressed that the Iranian negotiating team feels duty-bound to observe those red lines in the nuclear issue, describing the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program as highly sensitive for both the country’s interests and future.
Araqchi further noted that there is no such thing as “inspections” in the Additional Protocol to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s Safeguards Agreements, stressing that Iran may only allow “managed access” to its non-nuclear sites.
He pledged that the country’s nuclear negotiators would not allow any leaking of the country’s sensitive and military intelligence.
“In the nuclear issue, since the program is peaceful and that we act within the Non-Proliferation Treaty’s framework, we do not have any concern about transparency and managed access. In fact, all our activities are under the supervision of the IAEA and therefore we do not worry about the supervision of the IAEA, as an international body, but we take issue with the abuse of such supervision,” the Iranian official pointed out.
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 will start a new round of talks on drafting the text of a final nuclear deal in the Austrian city of Vienna on Tuesday.