|Iran’s defense and missile capabilities should not be part of nuclear talks: MPs||
TEHRAN – A number of Iranian MPs issued a statement on Sunday saying that Iran’s nuclear rights must be maintained in the negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany).
Iran’s defense capabilities should not be discussed during the upcoming negotiations, they said in the statement.
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 deal took effect on January 20.
The next round of the talks, which aim to reach a final deal, is set to begin in Vienna on March 17.
The statement was signed by 181 members of parliament.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, is committed to the terms of the NPT and is not seeking nuclear weapons, the MPs wrote.
The statement added that Iran insists on all its rights to use nuclear energy meant for peaceful purposes, citing Article 4 of the NPT.
Iran’s uranium enrichment and construction of a heavy water reactor should not be restricted, and the negotiators should not relinquish Iran’s nuclear rights, the MPs wrote.
The statement also said that the negotiations must only focus on nuclear issues and not on Iran’s defense and missile capabilities.
Last week, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi said that missiles and defense capabilities are outside the framework of the talks, and thus these issues should not be raised.
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