Iranians Protest “US Excessive Demands in N. Talks”
Thousands of Iranians held a gathering in the Northeastern city of Birjand in support of Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s guidelines on nuclear issues, and called on the country’s negotiation team to stand up to the US excessive demands in the nuclear talks.
The fasting worshippers flocked into Birjand streets at the end of the Friday prayers and chanted slogans in support of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program and its redlines.
They urged Iran’s nuclear team to stand against the bullying of the West, specially the US, in a bid to safeguard dignity of the Iranians and national independence.
The worshippers also underlined that inspection of Iran’s military sites and interview with the country’s nuclear scientists are redlines no one can cross.
They pointed to the US’ hostility towards Iran for more than three decades, and called for a transparent report on each phase of the negotiations to the Iranian people, reiterating that Iranians will accept an agreement that respects the redlines and includes complete removal of sanctions.
“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 Imam 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 Imam 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 Imam 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 Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei added.
After nine days of hard work in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran and the G5+1 reached an understanding on April 2 which laid the ground for them to start drafting the final nuclear deal over Tehran’s nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline.
Reading out a joint statement at a press conference with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Lausanne on April 2, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said according to the agreement, all the US, EU and UN Security Council sanctions against Iran would be lifted under the final deal.
Talks are underway among the delegations of the seven nations to draft the final deal.