Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli underlined that the country’s influential role in the region and its regional clout made Washington to sit to the negotiating table with Tehran.
“Iran’s regional clout forced the US to hold negotiations with Iran,” Rahmani Fazli said in a meeting with Head of the Central Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party Meng Jianzhu in Tehran on Monday.
He said that the US has led the imposition of cruel sanctions against Tehran to restrict Iran’s regional clout.
Rahmani Fazli downplayed the effects of sanctions against Tehran, and said, “The Iranian people and government have always proved that they enjoy the spirit and power of resistance against the enemies’ bullying and prates.”
Tehran and Washington are negotiating over Iran’s nuclear program within the framework of the comprehensive talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany).
Iran and the six major world powers have already held 9 rounds of nuclear negotiations after inking an interim agreement in Geneva on November 24, 2013, and have only one more week’s time to strike a final deal before the November 24 deadline.
They have already held one round of talks in Muscat, Oman, seven rounds in Vienna, and one more round in New York and on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The Geneva agreement took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20. In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.