Iran favors shortcut solution to nuclear issue: Deputy FM

An Iranian deputy foreign minister says the Islamic Republic favors a “shortcut” solution to its long-drawn-out nuclear issue.

Abbas Araqchi, who also represents Iran’s Foreign Ministry in the nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of world powers, said Sunday the shortcut solution would require Western governments to lift sanctions against Tehran.

“During the Almaty 2 talks [on April 6], two roadmaps were proposed to the opposite party for the continuation of talks. The first route is step-by-step confidence-building, and is favored by the P5+1. This route is long and time-consuming,” he said.

“But the second route is a shortcut: Based on the instructions of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei], if the P5+1 countries recognize Iran’s…right to [uranium] enrichment, avoid the hostile approach and lift sanctions, then everything would go ahead easily and quickly,” he added.

Araqchi said during the latest talks in Kazakhstan, representatives of the P+1 — the United States, France, Britain, Russia, and China plus Germany — were not ready enough and did not have the authority to reach a final agreement with Iran and they needed to know the views of their respective governments.

Iran and P5+1 have held several rounds of talks mainly over Iran’s nuclear energy program. Before the April meeting, the two sides had met in Almaty on February 26-27.

The US, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the claim as pretext to impose illegal sanctions against Iran.

Tehran rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

By Press TV


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