TEHRAN – A group of Iranian MPs issued a statement expressing support for the Iranian nuclear negotiators on Wednesday.
The statement said that as Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has stated, Iran needs 190,000 separative work units (SWUs) to manufacture nuclear fuel, and the negotiators should avoid signing any agreement that reduces this number or causes future pressure from the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany).
The MPs noted that research and development are Iran’s red lines because reaching the necessary level of production at the lowest cost, in the shortest time, and with the highest quality requires technical expertise.
The Fordow uranium enrichment facility is necessary for research and development and should be maintained, the statement said.
It added that the unfair sanctions should be lifted.
The MPs also wrote that the status of Iran’s nuclear dossier should be returned to normal, and Iran should enjoy all the rights and privileges of an NPT signatory.
The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entitles all NPT signatories to peacefully use nuclear energy.
Iran and the 5+1 group started their latest round of talks on July 2.
A July 20 deadline was set to clinch a long-term comprehensive nuclear deal, which can be extended if both sides agree.
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