TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to uphold the Iranian nation’s rights in the course of negotiations with the world powers on its nuclear activities, saying his government will not cross the “red lines” under any circumstances.
Addressing the Assembly of Experts meeting in Tehran on Tuesday, Rouhani emphasized that there should not be any concern regarding the people’s nuclear rights, adding that this right has been recognized in the interim deal as well.
In November 2013, Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) made an agreement according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program and to suspend its 20 percent uranium enrichment in return for a limited easing of the sanctions imposed on the country.
The two sides will work on a final deal over a six-month period.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said that all the “wrong” and “unjust” sanctions, which have exerted pressure on people’s lives, should be lifted under a final deal on Iran’s nuclear energy program.
He added that if the other side would show “goodwill” and “political will” in practice, a comprehensive deal could be reached in a span of six months.
Chairman of the Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani opened the two-day meeting and delivered a speech.
Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Guardian Council chief Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, and other members of the assembly were among the attendees.
The assembly holds meetings two times a year to discuss major national issues and every two years appoints a new chairman.
The Assembly of Experts is a body of Islamic jurisprudence scholars who are directly elected in a nationwide poll for eight-year terms.
The members of the assembly are constitutionally tasked with appointing and supervising the Supreme Leader.