Enrichment suspension, Iran’s red line in talks: Iranian MP

Spokesman for Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyyed Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini

The spokesman for Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has described the suspension of enrichment activities as Tehran’s red line in talks with the world powers.

Seyyed Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini said on Monday that no one can make Iran halt or suspend its enrichment program, adding, “Negotiations over this issue are one of our red lines, but we are ready to negotiate over the level of enrichment,” Fars News Agency reported.

The Iranian lawmaker added that Iran will itself seek to provide any level of enriched uranium needed by the country’s nuclear industry.

Considering the country’s stance toward talks, Naqavi-Hosseini said, the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21) will be “a very very important” one for our nation with regards to this issue.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany wrapped up their latest round of negotiations on Saturday in the Kazakh city of Almaty.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a press conference on Saturday that the two sides “remain far apart on the substance” of the talks. She added, however, “Indeed, we have talked in much greater detail than ever before, and our efforts will continue in that direction.”

“For the first time, I’ve seen a real back and forward between us, where we were able to discuss details to pose questions and to get answers directly on the sort of issues that we need to discuss in order to be able to move forward. To that extent, that has been a very important element,” the EU foreign policy chief said.

Ashton also said she will be in touch with Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili “very soon in order to see how to go forward.”

After the Saturday meeting, Jalili said Tehran has given a comprehensive operational plan to the P5+1 and it is now up to the group to decide on how to respond to the Iranian proposals.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Sunday, “Russia says clearly the recognition of all rights of Iran under [the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,] including the right to enrichment in exchange for the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) control over Iran’s nuclear program, is the final model. This can be spread out to any depth.”

Tehran and the P5+1 have held several rounds of talks mainly over Iran’s nuclear energy program. The two sides had also previously met in Almaty on February 26-27.

By Press TV


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