|U.S. admits final deal will include Iran’s right to enrichment: Araqchi||
TEHRAN – Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday that uranium enrichment will be included in the final nuclear deal between Iran and the six major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, known as the 5+1 group).
Araqchi, a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, made the remarks on the sidelines of the 24th Regional Planning Council meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization in Tehran.
Uranium enrichment, lifting of sanctions, international cooperation on peaceful nuclear activities will be on the agenda of the Vienna negotiations, Araqchi stated.
He said that one of the issues in the final deal which was also mentioned in Geneva agreement is cooperation with Iran for peaceful nuclear activities, such as nuclear medicine, nuclear agriculture, and building of nuclear plants, and other kinds of cooperation within the framework of peaceful nuclear activities.
He said that U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman also emphasized that the final deal will include Iran’s right to uranium enrichment.
Uranium enrichment and its scope will be agreed on the final deal, Araqchi explained.
Iran and the 5+1 group clinched an interim deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
The Geneva agreement was designed to provide time to negotiate a final solution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
The six-month interim agreement came into force on January 20.
Iran and the major powers held talks in pursuit of a final deal on Tehran’s nuclear program. The talks were held at the United Nations complex in Vienna.
A further round of nuclear talks will be held in Vienna in mid-March.
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