West must change stance on Iran in P5+1 talks: Iranian lawmaker

Iranian atomic energy chief Gholamreza Aghazadeh is seen at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facilityA senior Iranian lawmaker says positive results could be achieved in the talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group if the West changes its approach toward Iran.

Mehdi Sanaei said on Saturday that during talks “usually positive stances are declared, but at the same time serious negative signals are sent and new sanctions” are imposed against Iran.

Sanaei added that such contradictions overshadow hopes for achieving positive results at the talks.

Iran and the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany) have held several rounds of talks with the main focus being Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The Iranian lawmaker also stated that the “biggest” obstacle to achieving results in the talks is the West’s “incorrect” approach. “They (West) simultaneously use the policy of carrot and stick and the policy of pressure and negotiations.”
The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

At the beginning of 2012, the United States and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.

On December 13, the US Treasury Department also imposed sanctions on seven Iranian companies and five nuclear experts for what they described as contribution to the country’s nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

By Press TV


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