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Senior MP rejects claims on Iran’s “unfriendly” approach in Geneva

TEHRAN (FNA)- Rapporteur of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour categorically dismissed the claims by some western officials that Iran has left the negotiating table during the recent nuclear talks with the world powers in Geneva.

Some western senior diplomats, specially US Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, had claimed that Iran’s team of negotiators did not let the talks between Iran and the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) to achieve results.

“We have not at all done this. Actually we underline the Islamic Republic of Iran’s transparent and clear stances and we will not back down even an iota from our nuclear rights,” Haqiqatpour said.

The senior legislator said that Iran will not stop its uranium enrichment activities under any condition and Iranian experts, by building indigenized centrifuges, will turn the enemies’ sanctions into opportunities for Iran.

In similar remarks on Monday, member of the Iranian Parliament’s Presiding Board Sharif Hosseini lashed out at the West for its unfriendly and dishonest approach towards a nuclear agreement with Tehran during the recent talks between Iran and the major world powers in Geneva.

Hosseini said that the recent negotiations between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) held in the Swiss city of Geneva over Tehran’s nuclear program proved that Iran is ready for talks but certain western governments are throwing obstacles on the way of reaching settlement.

He underlined that Iran was the real winner of Geneva talks as it showed its goodwill and that is not afraid of negotiations.

He further criticized France for insincerity in the talks.

The lawmaker pointed out that if the western governments exercise constructive interaction and honesty, an agreement would be reached soon to end the stalemate lingering for a decade.

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that Tehran and the world powers were on the verge of striking a deal in the recent Geneva talks, but French officials impeded the agreement by their negative stance.

When after a day of progressive negotiations, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who presides over the delegations of the six world powers in the talks with Iran, called on US Secretary of State John Kerry to rush to Geneva to go a few more miles because a deal was possible, Israeli premier started hues and cries to stop the deal.

On Friday, Netanyahu “utterly” denounced the possible agreement in the course of the nuclear talks as “very, very bad”.

Kerry rushed to Tel Aviv to soothe Benjamin Netanyahu’s concerns, but he apparently failed. The debates between the two grew so unfriendly that Kerry even excused himself from taking photos with Netanyahu, saying he has a tight schedule and should rush to Geneva.

Then Netanyahu made more ballyhoos making US President Barack Obama contact him to alleviate his concerns.

Unsatisfied with Obama’s explanations, the Israeli prime minister called the French asking them to go to Geneva to stop the agreement.

Then, Fabius, who was not invited to the Geneva talks, called Ashton urging that he needs to be present there. Surprised Ashton was then forced to call in Fabius’s British and German counterparts to the talks as well.

Fabius appeared on several media and warned that Israel’s “concerns” must be taken into consideration.

“It is necessary to take fully into account Israel’s security concerns and those of the region,” Fabius told France Inter radio in Geneva early on Saturday at the beginning of the third day of talks between Iran and the world powers.

Analysts believe that Israel, the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle-East with 200-400 warheads, fears a rapprochement between Iran and the US, its main ally.

By Fars News Agency


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