TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined the country’s preparedness to hold serious talks with the world powers and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its peaceful nuclear program, but, meantime, said the present time window for the settlement of Tehran-West standoff won’t be open forever.
“I think that we are fully ready to hold serious talks with the world, with the G5+1 (five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) and the IAEA,” Rouhani said in a televised interview with Iran’s state-run TV channel one on Tuesday night.
He stressed Iran’s commitment to the international rules and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and said, “I believe that if the other side shows serious intention, the nuclear issue will be solved in a not far future.”
Rouhani underscored the necessity for respecting the Iranian nation’s rights, and said, “Enrichment in Iran’s territory is one of the inalienable rights of the Iranian nation, of course, within the framework of the international rules, under the IAEA supervision and in pursuit of peaceful goals, and if countries have some concerns, we will obviate them as we are seeking mutual trust, mutual respect and equal rights in this regard.”
The Iranian president said his election by the Iranian people has provided a new chance for a peaceful and negotiated settlement of Iran-West nuclear standoff, “but this opportunity won’t remain in place forever. We will make use of this opportunity and the world should also take this chance”.
“The time for the settlement of Iran’s nuclear issue won’t be unlimited,” he reiterated.
Iran says its nuclear program is a peaceful drive to produce electricity so that the world’s fourth-largest crude exporter can sell more of its oil and gas abroad. Tehran also stresses that the country is pursuing a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
The US and its western allies allege that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program while they have never presented corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Islamic Republic.
Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.
Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) would encourage the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West’s hardline stance on Tehran.
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