Time to resolve nuclear issue not unlimited: Iran president

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has advised the world powers to seize the opportunity created by the Iranian nation following the country’s presidential election as time to resolve the Western dispute over Tehran’s nuclear energy program will not be “unlimited.”

“We are ready to hold talks at any level to settle the [nuclear energy program] issue, but the world should know that the period of time for resolving the nuclear issue will not be unlimited,” Hassan Rouhani said during a televised speech on Tuesday.

“The world should use the opportunity that our nation created in this election; we will also use this opportunity and we hope that we’ll be able to solve these problems step by step,” Rouhani added.

He reiterated that no one can strip the Iranian nation of its inalienable rights, saying, “One of the rights of the Iranian nation is enrichment [of uranium] on its own soil, of course within the framework of international law and under the supervision of the [International Atomic Energy] Agency (IAEA).”

President Rouhani underscored that Iran’s rights must be recognized

“All of Iran’s rights under international regulations, the most important of which is the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), must be respected,” Rouhani noted.

“We are fully prepared for holding serious talks with the world, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) and also the IAEA,” Rouhani said.

Iran and the P5+1 have held several rounds of talks on a range of issues, with the main focus being on Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The two sides wrapped up their latest round of negotiations on April 6 in the Kazakh city of Almaty. An earlier round had been held in Almaty on February 26-27.

The United States, 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 unfounded allegation as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions on Iran.

Tehran strongly rejects the claim against its nuclear energy program, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the NPT and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Meanwhile, numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities by the IAEA have never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian purposes.

By Press TV


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