West unwilling to recognize Iran’s nuclear rights: Analyst

A political analyst says the Western governments are not willing to recognize Iran’s right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, Press TV reports.

“They [Western governments] are not willing to admit or recognize the rights of the Iranian people to obtain nuclear energy for civilians … purposes and to produce a clean energy to use in the future…,” political analyst Redwan Rizk said in an interview with Press TV on Friday.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili agreed on Friday to meet with the European Union foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton — who represents the P5+1 group of world powers in comprehensive negotiations with Iran — later this month in Turkey’s port city of Istanbul.

Commenting on the planned meeting, the analyst said if the West wants the talks to be fruitful, they have to recognize the rights of the Iranian people and stop “imbalanced judgments towards Iran and towards the Islamic world.”

“So Iran has proposed so many times to fulfill the questions or to answer the questions of the West and the West turned its blind eye most of the time. All they want is to get the Iranians to stop their program and to stop all nuclear reactors on the Iranian land,” he added.

Rizk also pointed to the fatwa (religious decree) issued by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the prohibition of nuclear weapons saying it is against the Islamic ideology to obtain any nuclear weapon.

Iran and the P5+1 — the US, France, Britain, Russia, and China plus Germany — have held several rounds of talks mainly over Iran’s nuclear energy program. Their latest rounds of talks were held in the Kazakh city of Almaty on February 26-27 and April 5-6.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Tehran rejects the allegation, arguing 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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