Final deal must lift sanctions, assert enrichment right: Iran president

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian president emphasized that a final, comprehensive agreement on Tehran’s nuclear energy program should entitle Iran to continue enriching uranium on its soil and remove the whole sanctions imposed on the country.
 “(Uranium) enrichment will go on inside Iran, and any agreement that does not include enrichment will not be acceptable in our view. Moreover, the sanctions should be lifted and any deal that does not assert the removal of the sanctions will not be acceptable in the Iranian people’s view,” President Hassan Rouhani said at a press conference on the sidelines of the 69th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.

When there is talk of sanctions, Iran wants the whole “illegal” sanctions removed, the president added, referring to the entire unilateral sanctions imposed either by the US, the European Union or by the UN Security Council.

Rouhani reiterated that Iran will push ahead with its peaceful nuclear work within the framework of the international law and under the International Atomic Energy Agency’s surveillance.

The Iranian president made it clear that Tehran seeks an accord that would benefit both sides. Such a deal, Rouhani said, upholds the Iranian nation’s rights and at the same time allays possible concerns on Tehran’s civilian nuclear work.

Iran and the six nations (known as G5+1, P5+1 or E3+3) 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.

Nuclear negotiators representing Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as the P5+1 or E3+3) started a new round of talks on Tehran’s nuclear program in New York last week. The negotiations were wrapped up on Friday night without making any tangible progress.

By Tasnim News Agency


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