|Iran will not give in to excessive demands: nuclear negotiator||
TEHRAN – A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has said that the Islamic Republic will not give in to excessive demands during the process of talks with the major powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.
“Major powers have a tendency to make excessive demands, and the brave and great Iranian nation is in the habit of resisting excessive demands,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Saturday night.
He said, “It is natural that we face excessive demands during negotiations and resist them. We do not allow them to treat the case of Iran as an exception.
“Of course, we have accepted to build confidence with regard to the nuclear issue, and it is possible that we will accept temporary restrictions and supervision.”
He also said that Iran will continue its nuclear activities to meet its current needs, but for its future nuclear needs, Tehran is ready to accept restrictions and extra supervision for a specified period of time.
He went on to say that the path that has been chosen for the talks is the right path, adding that although the progress is difficult and slow, it is possible to reach an agreement through taking this path if the other side shows political will and negotiates in good faith.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) are engaged in a process of talks aimed at reaching a final solution to a decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.
Araqchi said that one of the red lines of the Islamic Republic in the talks is its nuclear research and development program.
“Our knowledge and technology is one of our red lines. No factor can restrict them and nothing can stop us. They will not be able to halt Iran’s scientific and technological progress.”
In addition, he once again said that Iran’s defense program is not up for negotiation.
“The country’s defense equipment and defense program have not, are not, and will not be a subject for negotiation.”
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