EU optimistic about Iran nuclear issue under Rohani

The European Union has expressed optimism that confidence-building measures will be adopted under Iranian President Hassan Rohani vis-à-vis Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

“We take note of the new president’s words,” Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said in Brussels on Monday.

“We hope that the new Iranian government will be prepared to make rapid progress towards addressing international concerns about its nuclear program and engage constructively on the proposal for confidence-building,” he added.

Mann was referring to Iran’s ongoing negotiations with the P5+1 (Permanent Members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), which among other things address the issues regarding Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

The comments come one day after the new Iranian president called on Western governments to stop using the language of sanctions to address the Islamic Republic.

“I say candidly that if you want a proper response, speak to Iran not with the language of sanctions but with the language of respect,” Rohani stated in his inauguration speech in Tehran.

The new chief executive noted that the only way for interaction with Iran is “dialog on equal footing, mutual confidence-building, mutual respect and reduction of hostilities.”

Iran’s new president took the oath of office on Sunday, one day after being endorsed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Shortly after Rohani’s inauguration ceremony, the White House announced its preparedness to work with Iran’s new administration on the nuclear issue.

Rohani won Iran’s June 14 presidential election with 50.7 percent of a total of over 36 million ballots. The voter turnout in the election was 72.7 percent.

Carney further expressed hope that the administration of President Rohani would listen to the will of the voters “by making choices that will lead to a better life for the Iranian people.”

The US has imposed several rounds of illegal sanctions on Iran, which Washington claims to be aimed at pressuring Tehran to abandon its nuclear energy program.

In its latest measure against Iran, the US House of Representatives last Wednesday approved a bill to impose tougher sanctions on Tehran’s oil exports and financial sector.

The bill, which must be approved by the Senate and signed by President Barack Obama to become law, seeks to cut Iran’s oil exports by one million barrels per day over a year.

Tehran has categorically rejected West’s accusations, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

By Press TV


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