Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli underlined the country’s might and power, and said the enemy is not in such a good shape and condition that it can impose its will on Tehran.
“The enemy is not in such conditions that it can impose anything on us and we, in line with the guidelines of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei), will not step back from our principles and rights,” Rahmani Fazli said in the Northeastern city of Mashhad on Saturday.
He also referred to the country’s achievements in foreign policy, and said, “The Islamic Republic’s might and power and its insistence on people’s inalienable rights have made the enemy come and sit to the negotiating table with an equal footing.”
In relevant remarks yesterday, Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri underlined Tehran’s strong determination to defend its nuclear rights in the talks with the world powers.
Jahangiri reiterated Tehran’s resolve to defend its nuclear rights without crossing the red lines in negotiations with the West over its nuclear program.
He also said that Iran has caused a crack in the wall of sanctions, hoping that it could neutralize all the sanctions.
Through prudence, wisdom, making use of abundant capacities and unity under the leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei, all foreign policy, economic and cultural problems can be removed, Jahangiri said.
On November 24, Iran and the five permanent United Nations Security Council members sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the latter’s nuclear energy program.
In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of the world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and impose no nuclear-related sanctions on Iran during the six-month period.
Last week work continued by Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) for striking a final and comprehensive deal, and representatives of the seven nations had several sessions of talks in Vienna on Tuesday and Wednesday.
After the negotiators of Iran and the sextet wrapped up their meetings on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that Iran and the six world powers have still a difficult way ahead before striking a comprehensive deal over the former’s nuclear activities, but meantime said today’s talks showed promising signs.
“On four topics (Arak heavy water reactor, removal of sanctions, nuclear cooperation and uranium enrichment) we see signs of reaching an understanding which will protect the rights of the Iranian nation and move towards removal of problems,” Zarif told reporters after a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton following two days of talks between Iranian negotiators and their counterparts from the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany).
He assured that in case of good will and political resolve, Iran and the sextet can attain a final, comprehensive agreement and then work on its implementation to end their decade-long nuclear standoff.
Responding to FNA’s question about the issues to be covered in the upcoming talks between the senior negotiators of the seven nations in Vienna on April 7-9, the Iranian foreign minister said that “Iran’s access to (nuclear) technology, trade market and banking resources as well as the manner of inspections (of Iran’s nuclear facilities) and the period of time needed for the final phase will be discussed in the next meeting.”
Zarif said “the main goal is normalizing Iran’s case similar to every other member state of the NPT” (nuclear non-proliferation treaty).
He said during the recent talks, the six world powers have grasped a better understanding of Iran’s objectives for developing nuclear technology and now seemed to be convinced of Iran’s civilian drive.
Asked about the operation of Arak heavy water reactor which has been the focus of a part of the recent talks between Iran and the six world powers, he said the powers have now realized that Iran would never accept dismantlement or closure of any of its nuclear facilities and activities, “and I think the opposite party has realized this reality and will cope with it”.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton also hailed the two days of talks with Iran as “positive and constructive”.
Ashton said the multifaceted talks focused on Iran’s enrichment program, the heavy water reactor in the Central city of Arak, civil nuclear cooperation with Iran and the western sanctions against Tehran.
She said that Iran and the Group 5+1 will try to address major issues in their negotiations, and announced that the two sides’ experts will meet in the near future.
According to Zarif, experts of the seven nations will convene in Vienna on April 3 to 5 and then the top negotiators of Iran and the world powers will meet for another round of talks on April 7 to 9.