Zarif: Nuclear impasse only needs ‘political will and good faith’

Zarif: Nuclear impasse only needs ‘political will and good faith’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the standoff over Iran’s civilian nuclear program is ‘manufactured’ and far from truth, so it can be reversed.

In an essay for the journal Foreign Affairs, Zarif said the administration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seeks to “defeat the international anti-Iranian campaign, spearheaded by Israel and its American benefactors, who seek to ‘securitize’ Iran — that is, to delegitimize the Islamic Republic by portraying it as a threat to the global order.”

“The main vehicle for this campaign is the ‘crisis’ over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program — a crisis that, in Iran’s view, is wholly manufactured and therefore reversible,” wrote the Iranian foreign minister.

The administration of President Hassan Rouhani engaged in nuclear talks with the P5+1 group – the US , Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – in an effort to foil the smear campaign launched against the country, added Zarif.

The top Iranian diplomat further emphasized that the Islamic Republic “has no interest in nuclear weapons and is convinced that such weapons would not enhance its security.”

Iran and the P5+1 group inked an interim accord, dubbed the Joint Plan of Action, over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland, in November 2013.

Tehran and its negotiating partners have been holding talks in an effort to hammer out a final accord aimed at fully resolving the dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

“The ongoing negotiations over the nuclear issue face no insurmountable barriers. The only requirements are political will and good faith for the negotiators to ‘get to yes’ and achieve the objective established by the Joint Plan of Action,” stated the Iranian foreign minister.

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