No MP will join Iran’s nuclear negotiators: Diplomat

Representatives from Iran and the six world powers during nuclear talks in Geneva, November 9, 2013

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi has dismissed reports that an Iranian lawmaker will join the country’s nuclear negotiating team with the Sextet of powers.

“No Majlis lawmakers will be added to our country’s nuclear negotiating team,” Sarmadi said in a Monday interview.

On January 1, Spokesman for the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said Majlis had proposed to be represented in future nuclear talks.

Naqavi Hosseini added that a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee or the Presiding Board had been suggested to accompany the Iranian delegation in Tehran’s future nuclear discussions with the six major world powers – the US, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany.

Sarmadi also pointed to the ongoing inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities and added, “The inspections are underway based on the agreement and schedule.”

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany are scheduled to hold the next round of their nuclear talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on February 18.

The meeting will come in light of the implementation of an interim nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers which was clinched in the Swiss city of Geneva last November.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities as a confidence-building measure, and the world powers undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief and release more than USD four billion of Tehran’s oil revenues.

By Press TV


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