TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council on Sunday downplayed the impacts of the western pressures on Iran, saying that the sanctions imposed on the country have boosted the people’s resistance.
Speaking in a meeting with Australia’s ambassador to Iran, Mohsen Rezaei said the sanctions not only reinforced the resistance of the Iranian people, but also led the westerners to the conclusion that continued pressure on the Islamic Republic of Iran would be futile.
The west has imposed harsh sanctions against Iran, accusing Iranian authorities of possibly having an intention to develop a nuclear military program. Iran has maintained that its nuclear program has peaceful purposes only and rejected the allegations as baseless.
On November 24, 2013, Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, France, Britain and China plus Germany) signed an interim six-month deal on Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The breakthrough deal (the Joint Plan of Action), which has come into effect since January 20, stipulates that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the whole sanctions on Iran.
Rezaei also underlined Iran’s seriousness in negotiations with the West on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program, hoping that the start of the new round of talks would be a turning point for building mutual trust and a strong structure for future relations between Iran and the West.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as P5+1 or E3+3) wrapped up the latest round of negotiations in the Austria capital of Vienna on Thursday.
The next round of talks between the two sides, aimed at reaching a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program, will be held from March 17 to 20 in Vienna.
Rezaei further enumerated common grounds for trade between Iran and Australia and voiced Iran’s readiness for reciprocal investments in the two countries.
He also said Iran could benefit from Australia’s experience in the fields of agriculture and animal husbandry.
Australia’s envoy Paul Foley, for his part, pointed to the latest status of relations between Tehran and Canberra in different areas, and said he would do his best for further expansion of bilateral relations and resolving the existing issues.
He also described nuclear talks between Iran and the west as “useful and constructive.”
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