Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would never accept to include its missile program in the talks with the world powers, and stressed Tehran’s serious intention for continuing uranium enrichment.
“Iran’s missile power cannot undergo negotiation at all and at any level,” President Rouhani said in a meeting with visiting Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukio Amano in Tehran on Sunday.
He said any agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) as envisaged in the Geneva deal inked by the seven nations in November should entail Iran’s continued uranium enrichment for civilian purposes inside the country and removal of all unilateral and international sanctions against Tehran.
“We have no fear of cooperation to obviate the ambiguities since use of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) has no room in Iran’s defensive doctrine based on the codes of ethics and within the framework of religion and the fatwa (religious decree) issued by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei),” President Rouhani stressed.
“Undoubtedly, reaching a comprehensive agreement can be a win-win game for both sides and will help further peace and stability in the region and the world, and Iran’s further and more effective relations with the world,” President Rouhani said.
He expressed the hope that the IAEA would play “a positive and indiscriminate role in recognizing the countries’ right of using peaceful nuclear technology once unreal ambiguities about Iran’s nuclear activities are removed”, and said, “Iran is serious in its negotiations with the G5+1 countries and the IAEA, and wants nothing more than its right, including enrichment for peaceful purposes.”
Rouhani said that Iran has always sought technical, legal and transparent cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog and it will never give up using civilian nuclear technology for power, medical, agricultural and industrial purposes.
He called on the IAEA to release periodic reports on the step-by-step and growing progress in cooperation with Iran.
Amano arrived in the Iranian capital on Sunday morning at the head of a high-ranking delegation.
Iran and the IAEA deepened cooperation last November as Iran closed in on an interim nuclear deal with the six powers.
In late July and in its latest report on Iran, the IAEA confirmed Tehran’s commitment to the interim deal it struck with the Group 5+1 in Geneva in late November, 2013.
The IAEA’s report showed that Iran had met the terms of the six-month agreement, under which it limited its atomic activities in exchange for some easing of sanctions.
The discussions between the IAEA and Iran are a separate track of talks from the international negotiations between Iran and six powers on Iran’s future nuclear activities and removal of the western sanctions.
On July 20, the deadline for reaching a final agreement on Iran’s future nuclear activities was postponed by four months—until November 24—to give more time for diplomatic efforts.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton in a joint statement after over two weeks of talks stressed the need for more efforts and time to reach an agreement with the world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Zarif and Ashton who presided the negotiating sides, emphasized at the end of Iran-G5+1 negotiations that they have held different sessions in different forms and in a constructive atmosphere to reach a final comprehensive agreement.
Due to certain differences over some fundamental issues the two sides agreed to extend the Joint Plan of Action by November 24, they added.