Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has expressed hope that the P5+1 countries, particularly the United States, will understand the situation surrounding Iran’s nuclear energy program.
“Iran has made its utmost efforts…and made the necessary adjustments to its demands and we hope that all the P5+1 countries, particularly the US, which occasionally seeks excessive demands in the nuclear talks, will understand the circumstances,” Rouhani said on Wednesday.
The president, who was addressing a Cabinet session a day after detailed discussions between top officials from Iran and the P5+1, added that the two sides would proceed with the talks “at other levels” until November 24.
The Iranian negotiating team attended the talks with the six countries in the Omani capital, Muscat, over the past three days while paying heed to the nation’s interests and rights, he noted.
“If the P5+1 and certain countries pursue a goal to impede Iran’s development and are looking for pretext, this issue is impossible and our nation will never give up the path of development and its rights,” Rouhani stated.
He emphasized that Iran has the right to peaceful nuclear technology within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s treaties.
Rouhani said that countries should not involve their domestic problems in the talks over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, adding, “This issue is not legal and rational and all the P5+1 members should heed the long-term interests of countries and the region.”
The president expressed Iran’s readiness to take more transparent measures regarding its nuclear energy program based on international regulations and expressed hope Tehran and the P5+1 would reach a win-win agreement.
Last November, Iran and the P5+1 group — France, Britain, the US, Russia and China, plus Germany — clinched an interim nuclear accord that took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. However, they agreed to extend their talks until November 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues.
On the top of the agenda of Muscat talks were the volume of Iran’s uranium enrichment and the timetable for the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.