West should take practical steps on Iran: Majlis member

An Iranian lawmaker says the Iranian delegation to the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York conveyed Tehran’s message of peace and friendship, adding it is now up to the US and other Western countries to take practical steps.

“In reaction to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s explicit and transparent statements, we expect the other sides to prove their goodwill in practice,” said Ahmad Shohani, who sits on the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis.

The MP added on Saturday that the international community welcomed the Iranian diplomatic delegation’s plans, which were in accordance with the country’s national interests and “only the Zionist regime (Israel) was terribly sad.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran declared its message to Western countries and the United States, and it is now their turn to lift the unfair sanctions against our country’s inalienable rights,” the Iranian parliamentarian stated.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the unsubstantiated claim as an excuse to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.

The bans come on top of four rounds of US-instigated UN Security Council sanctions against Iran under the same pretext.

Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, stressing that as a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Following a Thursday meeting between Iran and six major world powers in New York over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington could begin removing bans on Tehran within months if a “transparent process is in place” over the nuclear issue.

Later on Friday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his American counterpart Barack Obama held a telephone conversation, the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The two presidents stressed Tehran and Washington’s political will to swiftly resolve the West’s dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program, and exchanged views on various topics, including cooperation on different regional issues.

By Press TV


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