Iran receiving many offers for nuclear cooperation: Salehi

February 29, 2016 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Ali Akbar Salehi, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran chief, said on Sunday that Iran is receiving many offers for cooperation in nuclear industry from foreign countries.

“The JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] has created a good atmosphere and many foreign delegations are visiting Iran to start cooperation,” he said in a ceremony in Tehran.

He also thanked Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei for his supports during the nuclear talks.

Iran and the 5+1 group - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany - finalized the text of the JCPOA on July 14, 2015 and the deal went into effect in January.

Salehi, a nuclear physicist from MIT University, went on to say that if the Supreme Leader had not authorized direct talks with the United States in 2011 the nuclear issue probably would not have been resolved. “I thank him for this and for his prudent guidelines during the negotiations.”

He also thanked president Rouhani for helping to bring the nuclear dispute with the West to an end.

Before Rouhani was elected president in 2013 Iran held several rounds of nuclear talks with the United States along with other major powers.

However, when Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator, took the helm the decision to resolve the protracted nuclear dispute was given a new momentum.

“At the beginning of negotiations nothing was clear and due to this reason it was necessary that somebody take the responsibility and the president (Hassan Rouhani) bravely took the responsibility.”