EC Secretary calls removal of all sanctions “Iran’s minimum expectation”

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee hailed the Iranian team of negotiators’ efforts to settle Tehran’s nuclear standoff with the West, but underlined that removal of all sanctions against the Iranian nation is the country’s minimum expectation from the talks with the world powers.

“As regards the negotiations, two types of achievements can be perceived, one of which is direct achievements,”Rezayee told FNA on Saturday, and explained, “And with regard to the direct achievements, annulment of all sanctions is our minimum expectation.”

“The second achievement pertains to the fact that they (the opposing side in the talks) should accept to have an indiscriminate view towards democratic moves, like the Bahraini people who are fighting for the establishment of a popular government,” he added.

Rezayee said that displaying the true face of Iran which is against the nuclear and chemical weapons and seeks the establishment of peace in the world was an indirect achievement of the negotiations Tehran has so far had with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany), adding that this achievement has angered Israel.

On Wednesday, Iran and the G5+1 wrapped up two days of talks and agreed to meet again in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 7-8.

At the end of the negotiations, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton who represented the world powers in talks with Iran hailed the nuclear negotiations as the “most detailed” and most “substantive” ones ever held between the two sides.

Washington and its western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions and the western embargos for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West’s demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians’ national resolve to continue the path.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

By Fars News Agency


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