|Iran will not give concessions: nuclear negotiator||
TEHRAN - Abbas Araqchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister and a chief nuclear negotiator, has said that Tehran has not and will not grant any concessions to the West in a “win-win game” that Iran is seeking.
Araqchi made the remarks in a gathering of the Islamic Coalition Party’s secretaries in Tehran on Sunday.
Iran will only take confidence-building actions to assure the other side (the West) that the Islamic Republic will not seek to build nuclear weapons, he said.
He went on to say that to enjoy the right to uranium enrichment and peaceful nuclear technology is Iran’s a ‘win’ for Iran, adding that the other side’s ‘win’ is winning the assurance that Iran does not seek to build nuclear weapon.
The United States and some of its Western allies suspect Iran may be trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability under the guise of a civilian atomic energy program, a charge Iran rejects.
Araqchi said according to the Islamic teachings and the fatwa issued by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Iran has not, is not, and will not seek to build nuclear weapons.
‘Vienna talks was neither a failure nor ended in a deadlock’
Iran and the six major powers ended a difficult round of nuclear talks in Vienna without making any tangible progress. The talks were held on May 23-26.
The talks are expected to resume in the Austrian capital on June 16.
Araqchi who is the second-ranking person in the nuclear talks with the major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) said the Vienna talks neither failed nor ended in a deadlock.
Commenting on the sanctions, he said that the national economy should reach a level that would not be influenced by sanctions.
‘Iran has right to uranium enrichment’
Araqchi stated that Iran, as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, enjoys the right to uranium enrichment whether the other side recognizes it or not. “We have only expected them to respect this right.”
‘Prolongation of talks will only serve interests of Geneva deal opponents’
Araqchi said that a prolongation of the talks will only serve the interests of those foreigners who oppose the interim Geneva agreement and seek to raise tension in the region in order to prevent a final nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+1 group.
Under the Geneva deal, Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into force on January 20.
Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term nuclear deal. The deadline can be extended for another six months.
However, the nuclear negotiator said the talks will get more “complicated”, if no deal is struck by July 20.
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