New York talks last chance for US to reach deal: Iranian MP

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The ongoing talks between Iran and world powers in New York is the last opportunity for the US and its allies to secure a permanent deal over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear energy program, a senior Iranian lawmaker said on Saturday.
“…The nuclear talks in New York is the last chance for the West to reach a final agreement and if they do not seize the opportunity, they will definitely regret it,” Rapporteur of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told the Tasnim News Agency on Saturday.

The US has posed obstacles in the path of the nuclear talks by imposing new sanctions on Iran, which were contrary to the Geneva agreement, he noted.

The Iranian parliamentarian also said the US government in 2003 led the nuclear talks to a stand-off and now it has been regretful for its past policy.

“The reason behind their regret is that after ten year, they are now facing a much more advanced country with more capabilities in the nuclear technology. If they continue to pose obstacles in the path of the negotiations, they will regret in future because the path of our progress has already been paved as we increasingly gain more (nuclear) know-how” Naqavi Hosseini said.

He also advised the US government to face up to facts on the ground and “abandon its excessive demands” and let the negotiations be successful.

Nuclear negotiators representing Iran and the six world powers (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) have started a fresh round of talks on Tehran’s civilian nuclear work in New York.

The negotiations are expected to run until at least September 26 on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) on November 24, 2013, signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Based on the interim deal, the world powers agreed to suspend some non-essential sanctions and to impose no new nuclear-related bans in return for Tehran’s decision to freeze parts of its nuclear activities.

In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 in the hope of clinching a final deal.

By Tasnim News Agency


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