|Iran will not close any nuclear facilities: Leader’s advisor||
TEHRAN – Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader, said on Monday that Iran will not reduce the number of its centrifuge machines and will not shut down the Fordo uranium enrichment plant and the Arak heavy-water reactor as part a comprehensive nuclear deal with the major powers.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) held talks in Vienna from February 18 to 20 in pursuit of a final deal to end the decade-long dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program. They agreed to meet again in the Austrian capital on March 17.
Velayati also said that the Islamic Republic will continue nuclear talks with the major powers, adding that the Iranian negotiating team, led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has completely moved within the framework set by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Velayati, who is also the director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council, said the Ukrainian people should determine their destiny freely without allowing any foreign intervention.
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