Velayati: Iran seeks nuclear energy for peaceful purposes
Senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic seeks nuclear energy for peaceful purposes within the framework of international regulations.
Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, made the remarks on the sidelines of a meeting with Cho Tae-yong, South Korea’s First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Tehran on Saturday.
Velayati said the Islamic Republic continues its nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of countries based on the guidelines drawn by the Leader.
Iran continues the talks “without giving in to the negotiating partners’ excessive demands,” he said, adding that the Iranian nation will be the winner in the negotiations.
Velayati, who heads the Center for Strategic Research of Iran’s Expediency Council, said that Iran’s right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes must be respected and all its red lines in the nuclear talks must be observed.
He also hoped that the Iranian negotiators achieve the desired goals in the nuclear talks with the P5+1.
Velayati added that the visiting South Korean official emphasized the Islamic Republic’s right to peaceful nuclear activities based on international regulations.
Representatives from Iran and the P5+1 group – the United States, the UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany – are holding extensive talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to finalize the text of a possible deal over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program by a June 30 deadline.
The two sides are seeking to seal a comprehensive deal based on the mutual understanding on the key parameters agreed upon in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.