National interests, not secrecy key to Iran nuclear talks: MP

A veteran Iranian lawmaker has pointed to the country’s national interests as the key issue for Tehran’s negotiating team in the Geneva nuclear talks, insisting that secrecy of the negotiations should not matter.

“What’s important is that Iranian negotiators insist on the rights of the nation and consider [Iran’s] national interests” and not whether they talks are secret or not, said head of the Majlis Principlist Caucus Gholamali Haddad-Adel on Monday.

“We must emphasize two principles: firstly to insist on the legitimate rights of the Iranian nation, one of which is [uranium] enrichment and the oppressive nature of the sanctions, and secondly to reconfirm the trust the Leader [of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] has placed in the negotiating team,” he said.

The Tehran representative to the Majlis further noted that an effective negotiating strategy is to hold talks in secret at times and openly in other instances, but the significant issue is the outcome.

The lawmaker also reiterated that if the representatives of the six major powers in the negotiations do not abide by their pledges and disclose secret information in the talks, it would then become clear that we cannot trust their other rhetoric.

He further warned against second-guessing the Iranian diplomatic establishment based on reports disseminated by what he referred to as “the Zionist media.”

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany held two days of negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program behind closed doors in the Swiss city of Geneva on October 15-16.

During a meeting on October 15, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif presented Iran’s proposal titled “Closing an Unnecessary Crisis, Opening a New Horizon” to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, and the representatives of the six countries. The two sides agreed to keep the details of the proposal confidential for the time being.

Following the negotiations, Ashton lauded the talks as the most “detailed” and “substantive” ever between the two sides, describing Iran’s proposal as an “important contribution.”

Iran and the six powers have agreed to meet again in Geneva on November 7-8.

By Press TV


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