Iranians determined to withstand sanctions: Analyst

The Iranian nation is ready to withstand US-led sanctions and the Islamic Republic will never give up its right to peaceful use of nuclear energy, an analyst tells Press TV.

“The Iranians are prepared to withstand sanctions for a very long time, and that the United States must forget the notion that Iran may capitulate and relinquish its right on the country,” Mohammad Marandi said in an interview with Press TV on Thursday.

He added that Iran will move ahead with its “peaceful nuclear program” while waiting for the sanctions to be lifted.

Marandi said the United States and its European allies are still “under the illusion” that the Islamic Republic “will somehow capitulate to the Americans.”

He noted that Iranian officials have “repeatedly said that Iran will not accept anything that is less than its full rights within the framework” of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The Iranian academic added that Western experts wrongly imagine that Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is following a dual policy on Iran’s nuclear issue.

“That’s a misreading of President Rouhani,” Marandi stated, adding, “I think what he says should be seen to be not only the official statement but exactly…the policy that he’ll be pursuing.”

On Friday, the head of Iran’s expert-level nuclear negotiating team, Hamid Ba’eedinejad, said the ongoing talks between the Islamic Republic and six world powers are “serious and substantive.”

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany started a new round of expert-level nuclear talks on Wednesday in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Experts from Iran and the six countries are working to hammer out a comprehensive deal following a landmark nuclear accord reached in the Swiss city of Geneva last November. The Geneva deal took effect on January 20.

The next round of the high-level talks between Iran and the P5+1 is to be held in Vienna on March 17.

By Press TV


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