Russia calls for removal of western sanctions against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabcov termed Iran’s new proposal presented in the Geneva talks with the world powers as a positive approach which paves the ground for pursuance of diplomatic ways out of the nuclear standoff between the country and the West, and called for the removal of all the unilateral sanctions against Tehran in return.

Speaking at a meeting with US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul on Saturday, Ryabcov, who represented his country in Geneva talks, expressed his satisfaction with the results of the negotiations and the new proposals put forward by the Iranian side.

He underlined the need to lift the West’s unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying that as Iran puts its nuclear program under international control, the West has to lift all the sanctions it has imposed on the country.

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 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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