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Leader’s Advisor: Iran Needs No Permission for Running Nuclear Activities

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– Supreme Leader’s top advisor for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that Iran would never halt its nuclear activities to receive a green light from the West.
“… Iran will not ask for anyone’s permission for centrifuges, uranium enrichment, fuel sheets of nuclear reactors and making a peaceful use of this clean energy because Iran is a member of the NPT and it is entitled to these rights accordingly,” Velayati told reporters on Sunday.

He noted that Iran’s negotiating team has acted within the framework set by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, and stressed that the Iranian negotiators have the full back-up of the Supreme Leader, people and the ruling system as long as they move within this framework.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said cutting a permanent deal on Iran’s nuclear program is possible if the western states in the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) continue talks transparently and with a firm will.

“If western countries intend to negotiate with Iran, they should make a political decision, which might be difficult for some, and cease applying pressure,” Zarif told Iran’s state-run TV.

“The policies of pressure and dialog are mutually exclusive,” he added.

The 10th round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24, where the seven nations decided to extend the talks until July after they failed to strike an agreement.

The fresh round of the nuclear talks between the two sides will be held at the level of deputy foreign ministers in Geneva, Switzerland, later today.

Iran’s nuclear chief announced on Friday that Tehran had done its utmost efforts to bring maximum transparency to its nuclear program and remove the alleged concerns of the western states, stressing that the world powers had been left with no more excuse to avoid a final agreement with Iran.

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