Top Security Official: Removal of All Sanctions Prelude to Final Deal with Powers


Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani described the removal of all sanctions against Tehran as a precondition for a comprehensive deal with the world powers, reiterating that the Iranian nation is standing firm on its nuclear rights.
“The Iranian team of negotiators with sufficient authority will make use of all initiatives to reach an agreement while preserving the country’s nuclear rights,” Shamkhani said in a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Tehran on Sunday.

He underlined that Iran’s nuclear program has been fully transparent and peaceful, and within a legal framework both in the past and now.

Shamkhani reiterated that Iranians will not retreat from their nuclear rights.

The top security official, meantime, pointed to Iran’s large-scale cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and said, “The IAEA should adopt technical and legal approaches and avoid politically-driven attitudes in this regard.”

Shamkhani also noted the status quo of Iran-Norway relations, and said that there are good capacities for the expansion of political and economic ties between the two countries.

The Norwegian foreign minister, for his part, reiterated that Iran is an important and influential country in the region, and said, “Iran has played a constructive role in the restoration of stability and tranquility to Iraq and Syria, as establishing durable calm and peace in this sensitive region of the world requires regional cooperation.”

Brende underlined Iran’s right to make use of the civilian nuclear technology, and expressed the hope that Tehran and the world major powers would strike a final agreement soon.

Late last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the country would continue talks with the world powers to restore its right of using the peaceful nuclear technology and remove the sanctions.

Addressing a gathering of local people in the Northwestern city of Zanjan, President Rouhani said that Iranian nuclear negotiating team has the support of both the Supreme Leader and the nation, underlining that Iran is resolved to continue its constructive interaction with the Sextet of world powers to narrow down differences over its civilian nuclear program to remove all sanctions for ever.

He said Iranians should be confident that the country’s officials, particularly nuclear negotiators, would never compromise national interests under any conditions.

Iran and the six major world powers ended their 8th round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna earlier this month.

The 7th round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 was held in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting last month.

The two sides held six rounds of negotiations in Vienna to reach a comprehensive deal after they inked an interim agreement in Geneva on November 24.

The Geneva agreement took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20. In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.

Last month, Araqchi voiced satisfaction in the progressive trend of talks with the six major world powers, and said a final deal before the November 24 deadline was not out of reach.

Araqchi expressed satisfaction in the “considerable” progress made in the process of the talks, and said, “We hope that we can achieve an agreement by the specified deadline, namely November 24.”

“Neither of the negotiating parties is interested in extending (the deadline of) the talks. All sides are determined to achieve an agreement prior to the deadline. Therefore, extension is not on the agenda of any of the parties,” Araqchi underlined.

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