Vice-speaker underlines Iran’s upper hand in N. talks with powers

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Vice-Speaker of the Iranian parliament underscored that Tehran’s wise foreign policy and transparent nuclear activities have left the western members of the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) with no other option, but continuing the negotiations.

“Today the West sees no way before it, save for negotiating with mighty Islamic Republic, which is equipped with nuclear technology and the fuel cycle, from equal stands and logically, aimed at finding an exit from the difficulties ahead,” Iranian Parliament Vice-Speaker Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi Fard said.

He said that the Iranian negotiating team has from the very beginning been moving based on a defined strategy and guideline, which is still pursued.

The vice speaker ensured the Islamic world, the western world, and the regional Muslims that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear strategy has been, is and will always be peaceful.

Aboutorabi Fard went on to say that the West, led by the US, has been trying for decades to block the path for the Iranian nation’s access to modern technologies, especially the nuclear technology, but has faced defeat in that respect.

The lawmaker said that the Iranian nation’s achievements during the past decade, and especially the past five years despite the sabotage of the global arrogance should not be wasted as they are the natural right of the Iranian nation.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and US Secretary of State John Kerry started their trilateral meeting in Muscat on Sunday, whose agenda included preparing the ground for the upcoming meeting between Tehran and the six major world powers.

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.

Iran and the six major world powers have already held 8 rounds of nuclear negotiations after inking an interim agreement in Geneva on November 24, 2013, and have less than three weeks time to strike a final deal before the November 24 deadline.

By Fars News Agency


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