|Iran has inalienable right to nuclear enrichment: Araqchi||
TEHRAN – A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says the right to nuclear energy program, including producing nuclear fuel, is an inalienable right and the Islamic Republic does not require other countries’ recognition of this right.
“The right to have peaceful nuclear energy, including enrichment, is an inherent and inalienable right for countries… and the recognition or non-recognition by other countries will not change the nature of this right,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi wrote in an article at the Iranian weekly magazine Mosalas.
Araqchi also noted that the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitles all the NPT signatories to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
He added that over the past ten years and during the negotiations between the world powers, Iran has not sought the recognition of the nuclear right, rather it has asked the world to respect this right and not impose sanctions on the country for that.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) are holding negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program.
The current process of negotiations between Iran and the major powers are meant to build on a landmark interim nuclear deal they clinched last November in Geneva.
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 comprehensive nuclear deal. The deadline can be extended by another half year if both sides agree.
The next round of talks is scheduled to begin on July 2 in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
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