Senior MP: Iran’s N. program peaceful, transparent

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian lawmaker reiterated the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.

Vice-Speaker of the Parliament Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi Fard told reporters on Thursday that Iran has always pursued a clear and transparent stance on its nuclear energy issue.

“If the Western side respects and recognizes the nuclear rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran, we can be hopeful that the Geneva agreement (between Iran and the G 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) will move forward,” the Iranian parliamentarian added.

Iran and the six major world powers reached a final deal on November 24 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 in Geneva on November 24, Zarif pointed to the agreement reached between Iran and the world powers, 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.”

By Fars News Agency 

 

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