Iran commander defends nuclear negotiations

A senior Iranian commander says negotiating with six powers in an effort to foil enemy plots is a positive act and supported by the Islamic Republic’s establishment.

“The principle of conducting nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 group (six world powers) and thwarting the enemy’s obstructive efforts through dialog is a positive phenomenon and is supported by the establishment,” said Deputy Chairman of Iranian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri on Saturday.

After days of intense negotiations, Iran and six powers – Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany – reached an interim  deal on November 24, 2013 in the Swiss city of Geneva to set the stage for the settlement of the dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

Pointing to Iran’s distrust “toward the enemy” in the course of the nuclear negotiations, Brigadier General Jazayeri emphasized the need to make all efforts to “reduce the problems created by the enemies” while maintaining “our vigilance and alertness.”

General Jazayeri’s remarks follow a Thursday speech by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, during which the Leader noted that the nuclear talks between Iran and the six other countries laid bare the US government’s enmity toward the Islamic Republic.

Rejecting the idea that Iran was forced to enter into negotiations under the pressure of sanctions, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “We have announced previously as well that the Islamic Republic will, on the certain issues that it deems expedient, negotiate with this Satan in order to ward off its evil and resolve the issue.”

Jazayeri also commented on the upcoming Syria crisis talks, saying that any negotiations for peace in the Arab country must uphold the authority of the Syrian government and its nation.

The conference is scheduled to be held in Switzerland in two parts. On January 22, the opening session of the event will be held in the Swiss city of Montreux and then it will be moved to the UN office in Geneva on January 24.

By Press TV


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