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Iran wants nuclear negotiations to continue: Leader’s advisor
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep2(248).jpgTEHRAN – Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, has said that Iran is keen to continue negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program provided that its rights are respected. 
 
“We want negotiations, but within the framework of (our) legitimate rights and provided that international regulations are observed,” Velyati said in Tehran on Tuesday. 
 
He also said that Iran would not relinquish its right to develop peaceful nuclear technology under pressure from the United States or other countries. 
 
Tehran’s nuclear program is being used as an excuse by some countries to exert pressure on the Islamic Republic, the former foreign minister added. 
 
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security 
Council plus Germany) reached a landmark agreement in Geneva on November 24 over Tehran’s nuclear program, 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 agreement also stated that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries of the 5+1 group will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the sanctions on Iran and Iran will provide the world verifiable guarantees that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, Velayati stated that Iran would never seek to develop nuclear weapons given the Leader’s fatwa. 
 
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa declaring that the production, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons are all haram (prohibited in Islam).
 
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