Senior negotiator: Iran resolved to defend N. achievements in Vienna talks

Hamid Baeidinejad (pic) heads Iran’s expert-level nuclear negotiating team.

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian negotiator underlined Tehran’s firm will to develop its civilian nuclear program, including installation of the new generation of its centrifuge machines, and said the Iranian team is determined to defend the country’s nuclear rights in the fresh round of the talks with the six world powers which will kick off on Tuesday.

“The use of new and advanced centrifuges and Arak heavy water reactor are among the most important issues to be discussed for the final agreement,” Hamid Baeidinejad said on Sunday.

Baeidinejad, who is the director general for political and international affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said the negotiating sides will have a “difficult task” in the Vienna talks.

“The use of advanced and new centrifuges is one of the most important issues that should be studied and resolved for the comprehensive and long-term agreement because we will definitely not agree to Iran not being allowed to replace its existing centrifuges with different kinds of advanced and new ones,” the Iranian official added.

“The Arak heavy water reactor is also one of the most important and difficult issues which will be examined and discussed in the process of negotiations and we certainly seek to retain this reactor,” he said.

On Monday morning, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the head of a five-member team of senior negotiators, left Tehran for Vienna to start a fresh round of talks with the six major world powers tomorrow.

Zarif is accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi, Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi, Baeidinejad, Foreign Minister’s Legal Adviser Davoud Mohammadnia and Director-General for Safeguards at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Amiri.

The Sextet will be represented by US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, British Foreign Office Political Director Simon Gass, French Foreign Ministry Political Director Jacques Audibert, German Foreign Ministry Advisor Hans-Dieter Lucas, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov and China’s representative Wang Min.

By Fars News Agency


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