Rouhani terms Iran’s nuclear issue unreal crisis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Tehran is not in a rush to strike a deal with the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany), and said the crisis stirred over Iran’s nuclear activities is fake.

“We consider the nuclear issue as a fabricated crisis as we see no trouble in our nuclear case,” President Rouhani said, addressing a convention of Iran’s diplomatic corps abroad here in Tehran on Monday.

The Iranian president noted that Iran is not in a haste to strike a final comprehensive agreement with the West.

President Rouhani reiterated that Iran is working on breaking the sanctions concurrent with making progress in the negotiations with the world powers.

“We deem the sanctions as oppressive and inhumane,” the Iranian president said, adding, “We have told them (the western countries) that your sanctions are wrong and inhumane as you have boycotted supply of medicine to our patients that will be remembered in the history.”

President Rouhani underlined that Iran has and will never look for weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has never been, is not and will not be after the acquisition of WMDs, no matter there is a 5+1 or not, no matter there is a body like the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) or not, no matter there is any NPT or not.”

He underlined that the world should know Iran is seriously pursuing negotiations to resolve the problem and it does not want the negotiations just for the sake of negotiation. “The negotiations should lead to an acceptable solution in a logical timespan and we are ready to talk in this regard with logic and reasoning.”

President Rouhani reminded that it was Iran itself that invited the IAEA to mount its cameras at Iranian nuclear sites, and added, “The world should accept and feel the existing reality and know that we will by no means withdraw from our rights.”

On Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi voiced satisfaction in the progressive trend of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six major world powers, and described the one-on-one talks with the Sextet members as a productive plan to narrow down differences before the scheduled high-level meeting in September.

“Iran will definitely hold bilateral talks with the Group5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) ahead of the scheduled (high-level) meeting between (Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad) Zarif and (EU Foreign Policy Chief) Catherine Ashton on the sidelines of the (annual gathering of the) UN General Assembly,” Takht Ravanchi said.

“The exact timetable and venue of the meetings have not been determined yet,” he added.

Last month, Iran and the G5+1 had over two weeks of negotiations in Vienna with no final agreement between the two sides, but they extended their July 20 deadline for a few more months.

During the talks, a senior member of the Iranian team of negotiators stressed that the excessive demands made by the other side are the root cause of the differences between Tehran and the world powers.

At the end of their talks, the two sides agreed to extend the talks till November 24 for brokering a final deal.

Zarif and Ashton in a joint statement after over two weeks of talks stressed the need for more efforts and time to reach an agreement with the world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Due to certain differences over some fundamental issues the two sides agreed to extend the Joint Plan of Action by November 24, they added.

By Fars News Agency


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