Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi has stressed Tehran’s strong will to engage in negotiations over its nuclear energy program but says this determination must be reciprocal.
“There is a strong political will on the Iranian side to constructively interact with the respective partners on nuclear issues and we hope there would be the same approach and political will on the other side,” Najafi said at a news conference in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Thursday.
“In this context, we should not lose sight of the fact that interaction is not a one-sided road,” he added.
Najafi further stressed that Iran is resolved to continue to cooperate with the international atomic agency “in good faith to find agreed modalities to overcome existing issues once and for all.”
He added that while Tehran is ready to remove any ambiguity regarding its nuclear activities, it would never give up its “nuclear rights.”
“Iran has always expressed its readiness for meaningful, result-oriented and time-bound negotiations based on mutual respect and win-win agreed solution.”
Referring to President Hassan Rouhani’s earlier calls on the West to change its approach to Iran, Najafi said, “As it was underlined by our president, if the other side wants a proper response, they should speak to Iran, not with the language of threats or sanctions but with the language of respect.”
Iran and the IAEA are scheduled to hold a new round of talks in Vienna on September 27.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear program has been diverted toward military objectives.
By Press TV
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