TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran is “serious” in its nuclear talks with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) and also its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency based on its nuclear rights.
Rouhani made the remarks during a meeting with IAEA director Yukiya Amano in Tehran on Sunday.
The president said that Iran demands nothing more than its rights, including the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.
Iran has always sought transparent, technical and legal cooperation with the IAEA based on international regulations, Rouhani stated.
In its path to progress Iran needs nuclear technology for use in agriculture and medicine and also generating electricity, the president noted.
The president expressed hope that the IAEA would act as a neutral and technical body and play a positive role in recognizing the countries’ right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
He also said Iran has provided the necessary facilities for the IAEA to monitor Tehran’s nuclear activities.
The president added Iran accepts just those legal inspections which fall within the framework of the NPT.
The president also said in case Tehran and the 5+1 group reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement, Iran will continue enriching uranium to the extent that meets its needs.
And the other side should lift unilateral, multilateral and international sanctions against Iran, he added.
He went on to say reaching a comprehensive agreement would undoubtedly be a “win-win” game for both sides and help maintain peace and stability in the world.
Iran and the six major powers failed to meet the self-imposed July 20 deadline to work out a comprehensive nuclear deal. In their last round of talks in Vienna last month the two sides agreed to extend the talks until November 24.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani stated that Iran’s missile ability is “non-negotiable”.
Amano praises Iran’s cooperation with IAEA
For his part, Amano said since past year the process of cooperation between Iran and the IAEA has been positive and forward looking.
In a separate meeting with Amano, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also insisted that Iran is determined to cooperate with the IAEA as the only eligible international institution.
Iran has repeatedly said that only the IAEA has right to make judgment on the nature of Iran’s nuclear activities.