TEHRAN – Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that the parliament supports Foreign Ministry diplomats who are engaged in talks with the major powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.
“A general atmosphere of support for the Foreign Ministry, especially with regard to nuclear discussions, prevails in the parliament,” Larijani told a gathering of Iranian ambassadors and envoys to foreign countries and international organizations on Tuesday.
“We thank (Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad) Zarif, the diplomacy apparatus, and ambassadors that are doing valuable tasks these days,” he said.
He also said that Iran is seriously engaged in the nuclear talks, adding that the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) must not look for any excuse with regard to Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity or the country’s nuclear sites, including the Arak heavy-water reactor and the Fordo enrichment facility.
If the major powers are serious about the talks, the nuclear issue can be resolved in a shorter time period, he said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani pointed to the Iraq crisis and expressed doubt about the intention behind the U.S. government’s decision to help Iraq deal with Islamic State militants.
“Why did (U.S. President Barack) Obama, who is now worried about the Kurds (in Iraq), remain silent about the killing of Sunnis, Christians, and Alawites in Syria and even help terrorists in secret?”
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