|Iran’s defense capabilities no subject for negotiation: nuclear negotiator||
TEHRAN – An Iranian nuclear negotiator has said that the country’s defense capabilities is not a subject for negotiation with the major powers in the process of talks on Tehran’s nuclear program.
Raising issues in regard to “missiles and defense capabilities are outside (the framework of) the talks, and in our view it is not acceptable,” Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi told reporters on Wednesday.
Commenting on the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Additional Protocol, which allows the agency broader inspections rights, he said the protocol will be one of the subjects that will be discussed during the talks on a final nuclear deal, adding that the Iranian parliament should first ratify the implementation of the protocol.
On Iran’s right to uranium enrichment, Takht-Ravanchi said that the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) recognizes the member states’ right to nuclear enrichment and there is no need that other countries recognize Iran’s right.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) 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 comprehensive solution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
The six-month interim agreement came into force on January 20.
Iran and the six major powers agreed on a timetable and framework for negotiating a final deal during their talks in Vienna from February 18 to 20. The next round of political-level talks on the issue is set for March 17 in the Austrian capital.
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