Iranian MPs reject US nuclear proposal

A view of Iran’s Majlis

TEHRAN (FNA)- Several members of the Iranian parliament rejected a proposal reportedly raised by the US negotiators during the nuclear talks underway in New York for the disconnection of Iran’s centrifuge machines instead of dismantling them.

“During the negotiations, specially after the Geneva agreement, the Americans tried to push the negotiations towards a deadlock through presenting deviatory proposals,” Rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told FNA on Monday, describing the latest offer as another push by Washington to dismantle the core of Iran’s civilian nuclear capability.

He warned that the US wants to deprive Iran of its nuclear rights.

Also, Vice-Chairman of the Commission Mansour Haqiqatpour underlined that the US proposal for decoupling the centrifuges would make Iran’s nuclear industry nothing more than a decor.

He called the proposal as “a ridiculous plan”.

Another member of the Commission, Ebrahim Aqamohammadi, said removing the piping connecting the centrifuges means shutting down uranium enrichment in Iran.

“Our understanding is that when we divert the industry and technology from its circuit and prevent the natural trend of its work, it will have no efficiency,” he added.

Unnamed Diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday that a new US proposal on the table focuses on removing piping connecting the centrifuges. That would allow the US leeway on modifying demands that Iran cut the number of centrifuge machines from 19,000 to no more than 1,500.

The 7th round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) started in New York on Friday.

The two sides held six rounds of negotiations in Vienna to reach a comprehensive deal after they inked an interim agreement in Geneva on November 24.

The Geneva agreement took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20. In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.

By Fars News Agency


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