Shiraz, May 22, IRNA – Matter of great important today is materializing nation’s rights in talks with world powers and therefore entire nation should assist the Iranian nuclear negotiation team to reach that end, former top nuclear bargainer Sa’eid Jalili said here Wednesday.
“I put forth my opinion about the nuclear issue during the 11th presidential campaign and there are other friends whose opinion differs with them,ˈ said Saˈeid Jalili, the former Iranian top nuclear negotiator, addressing a university students gatheiring here Wednesday night.
ˈNow they (the new government) are elected by the people and we need to see how they pursue the matter. The important point is materializing the people’s rights,” said Jalili, a former presidential election runner, and present day Expediency Council member, in reply to a question on his opinion about the Geneva nuclear agreement.
To another question about the final fate of the nuclear negotiations with the six world powers, Jalili said, “I am not a fortune teller. In those talks we need to pursue a path which has some characteristics that have been defined by the Supreme Leader, including not retreating from demanding the nation’s rights and not yielding to the excessive demands of the enemy.”
“The nuclear issue is beyond the narrow alley of the political dialogues, factionalism, and tastes of the individuals. It is a national matter and its developments need to be pursued realistically and rationally,” he said.
Jalili argued that if the opposite side would arrogantly intend to block the path for achieving our rights and it will be successful in doing so, it would then later resort to the same, or a similar pretext to abolish our other rights, as well.
“We should permit the (Iranian) nuclear negotiation team to proceed with its programs in the framework of (the Supreme Leader’s proposed) ‘heroic lenience’ and we should all assist them in their bid to materialize the nation’s rights,” he said.
The top nuclear negotiator in the former Iranian government in response to a student who seriously criticized his approach in nuclear talks and asked him to publish his memories for public judgment of the people, said: “I hope to write my memories, as they do not belong to a person.”
“During the course of the past months I have been determined to convey to the friends (in the nuclear negotiation team) the points I have in mind, and to refrain from bringing these topics to the public scene, so that I would not worry the general atmosphere of the country.
Under a phased cooperation pact agreed between the two sides in November, Iran was to take seven transparency steps by May 15 to help allay international concern about its nuclear program, which the West fears may be part of a military project, and has according to IAEA reports exactly done so.
How Iran responds to the IAEAˈs questions is regarded as a litmus test of its readiness to start engaging with the investigation into what the UN agency calls the possible military dimensions of the countryˈs nuclear program.
Iran denies Western allegations that it has been seeking to develop the capability to make nuclear weapons but has offered to work with the Vienna-based IAEA to resolve its concerns.
The IAEA-Iran talks are separate from those between Tehran and six world powers – the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia – aimed at reaching a broader deal to settle the decade-old nuclear dispute by late July.
But they are complementary as both focus on fears that Iran may covertly be seeking the means and expertise to assemble nuclear weapons. Iran and the powers held a new round of negotiations last week, but made little progress.
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