TEHRAN (FNA)- US Secretary of State John Kerry threw his support behind the recent agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in Geneva, reiterating that Iran is pursuing a peaceful nuclear program.
“I believe that Tehran is not after production of nuclear weapons because the Iranian officials know that in that case there will be nuclear arms race in the region, therefore they do not move in that direction,” Kerry said, addressing a meeting of the US Congress’ Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday.
Kerry warned the US congressmen that the deal could be reversed if they pass new sanctions against Tehran, and said, “We’re asking you to give our negotiators and our experts the time and space to negotiate.”
On November 24, Iran and the G5+1 reached a deal in Geneva after days of hard work and intensive negotiations.
After endorsing the agreement with the world powers, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that the six world powers have recognized Iran’s enrichment program.
Speaking at a press conference at the time, Zarif pointed to the agreement reached between Iran and the G5+1, and said, “Today’s agreement deals with several sectors, the most important of which is that Iran’s enrichment program has been recognized, and this program will continue.”
Zarif underlined that the Iranian nation wants the opposite side to show respect for its rights, and said, “We need to remove the historical lack of confidence and the West should also be able to win the Iranian nation’s confidence.”
He called on the West to discard its catch-phrase “the military option is on the table”, and said, “The right to own nuclear energy is among the rights of all countries and the international rules approve of this right. Governments cannot threaten other countries only on the basis of their own decisions.”
“Iran is entitled to make use of its rights, and other countries should not threaten it because of its pursuit of its rights.”
He reiterated that other countries should avoid threatening Iran only because is demanding its rights, and said, “We respect our rights and the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) members should know that they should not exert pressure on Iran and this agreement that has just been signed mentions that Iran is fully entitled to the right of enrichment and it will never quit its rights in the future.”
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