Iran wants pressures, oppression removed: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses ulema and clerics of Iran’s southern province of Hormozgan on February 25, 2014.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s “absolute” rights, saying Iran wants the elimination of “pressures and oppression” against the country.

“The [Iranian] administration tries to insist on our rights via further transparency within the international framework and through constructive negotiations,” Rouhani said in an address to ulema and clerics of Iran’s southern province of Hormozgan on Tuesday.

“Entitlement to peaceful nuclear technologies is the right of all countries and nations,” he added.

Iran has already taken the first step for the recognition of its rights, Rouhani said, emphasizing that the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and the P5+1 group in Geneva acknowledges the enrichment right at Natanz and Fordow nuclear facilities.

“The second step which will, God willing, be the final step, is to reach an agreement in a six-month period so that all the pressures against the country would be removed and we would also be able to pursue our rights in all fields, including nuclear rights, and bring them to fruition,” the Iranian president stated.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US — plus Germany inked an interim deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24, 2013. The Geneva deal took effect on January 20.

Iran and the Sextet wrapped up their latest round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna, Austria, on February 20 and are set to meet again in the Austrian city on March 17 to continue their talks.

The two sides’ negotiations are aimed at reaching a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

By Press TV


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