Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that Tehran will keep its eyes wide-open to see if the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) complies with the terms of the agreement the two sides signed in Geneva on Sunday.
Addressing a ceremony in the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) in Tehran on Monday, Zarif pointed to the success of the country’s negotiating team in the Geneva talks with the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany), and said, “Negotiations do not mean blind trust and we will do our best to reach a final solution because we shouldn’t lose this opportunity.”
The Iranian foreign minister pointed to Israel’s animosity with Iran and fury of the Israeli leader over the victory of Iran’s diplomacy in Geneva talks, and said, “In these negotiations we want to build the trust of the world in the fact that we are not after nuclear weapons; so why have the enemies been terrified in such a way and why are they crying out?”
In similar remarks on Sunday, AEOI Chief Ali Akbar Salehi cautioned that Tehran will now start to check the moves of the world powers to see if they comply with the undertakings they have accepted under the Geneva deal.
In a message released a few hours after Iran struck a deal with the Group 5+1 in Geneva on Sunday, Salehi felicitated the Iranian nation on the country’s successful line of policy and diplomatic moves, which he said, resulted from the wise guidelines presented by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
The Iranian nuclear chief said now Tehran starts putting the world powers under litmus tests to see if they comply with their undertakings under the Geneva deal.
He cautioned that “the Iranian nation and officials in the Islamic Republic’s decision-making bodies will move in the framework of the agreement as long as the opposite side complies with its pledges and avoids violating its commitments”.
Salehi further expressed the hope that the other sides would take the opportunity which has now arisen for interaction and balanced cooperation on the basis of mutual respect.
Iran and the G5+1 reached a final deal on Sunday morning after days of hard work and intensive negotiations.
After endorsing the agreement with the world powers, Zarif underlined that the six world powers have recognized Iran’s enrichment program.
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva on Sunday morning, the Iranian foreign minister pointed to the agreement reached between Iran and the G5+1, and said, “Today’s agreement deals with several sectors, the most important of which is that Iran’s enrichment program has been recognized, and this program will continue.”
Zarif underlined that the Iranian nation wants the opposite side to show respect for its rights, and said, “We need to remove the historical lack of confidence and the West should also be able to win the Iranian nation’s confidence.”
Zarif called on the West to discard its catch-phrase “the military option is on the table”, and said, “The right to own nuclear energy is among the rights of all countries and the international rules approve of this right. Governments cannot threaten other countries only on the basis of their own decisions.”
“Iran is entitled to make use of its rights, and other countries should not threaten it because of its pursuit of its rights.”
He reiterated that other countries should avoid threatening Iran only because is demanding its rights, and said, “We respect our rights and the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) members should know that they should not exert pressure on Iran and this agreement that has just been signed mentions that Iran is fully entitled to the right of enrichment and it will never quit its rights in the future.”