Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview with Fars News on Tuesday that the Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei personally oversees the subject of Iran’s nuclear energy program, which is of the highest importance among other issues.
The former Iranian foreign minister also stated that the nuclear case involves the Islamic establishment of Iran, which is led by the Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and other sectors of Iran’s government implement measures pertaining to the nuclear issue under the guidance of the Leader.
Salehi also commented on the much talked about topic of potential resumption of Iran’s ties with the United States, saying that only the Islamic establishment will decide on the matter.
The AEOI chief voiced optimism about the current round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, Britain, France and the United States – plus Germany on Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva.
Americans have realized that their confrontational approach towards Iran is no longer beneficial to them since the Islamic Republic has not given in to pressures as they would expect, Salehi said.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is leading the high-ranking Iranian delegation in Geneva.
Zarif told reporters upon arrival in Geneva on Monday, “The New York talks [in September] were an announcement of the two sides’ political will to resolve the nuclear issue and we think that the delegations of both sides were ready to reach a quick solution through negotiations at the foreign ministerial level.”
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran further underlined that although Iran is no economic power, it is considered as a major psychological factor in the global economy and despite facing economic difficulties, the Islamic Republic is in a good standing in terms of economic infrastructure.