Presidential aide underscores necessity for removal of all sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President’s Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian underlined the necessity for the annulment of all sanctions against Iran.

“We should protect people’s rights as we cannot set limitations on science and technology because imposing limitations and sanctions is the same as accepting cruelty,” Nahavandian said, addressing the ‘National Moderation’ forum in Tehran on Wednesday.

“It is wrong to deprive people of their rights,” he added.

In relevant remarks yesterday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani underscored that no nuclear agreement would be made with the world powers without the removal of all sanctions against Iran.

“Naturally, sanctions are not ineffective and they pressure the Iranian people but they don’t have any impacts on Iran’s peaceful and developed nuclear industry,” Shamkhani said in an interview with al-Mayadeen TV.

“The unilateral and UN Security Council sanctions don’t have any legal basis and they should certainly be removed, otherwise, any negotiation which doesn’t lead to this end will be void and fruitless and cannot meet our country’s demands,” he added.

Also last week, the Iranian parliament in a statement stressed that any possible nuclear agreement with the world powers should include removal of all sanctions.

The parliament urges the nuclear negotiating team to take good care of certain points in its continued talks with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), including the necessity for “the full removal of nuclear (-related) sanctions and other types of embargos (imposed against Iran) immediately after any agreement”, the statement said, reminding that the same point has been repeatedly emphasized by President Rouhani as well.

The statement also urged the Iranian negotiators to reject any limitations on enrichment R&D and other activities related to the nuclear fuel production cycle.

The Iranian parliamentarians asked the negotiating team not to accept any inspection, supervision and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) beyond the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Iran and the six major world powers have already held 9 rounds of nuclear negotiations after inking an interim agreement in Geneva on November 24, 2013, and have less than one week time to strike a final deal before the November 24 deadline.

Tehran and the six powers have already held one round of talks in Muscat, Oman, seven rounds in Vienna, and one more round in New York and on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

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.

The 10th round of talks between Iran and the world started in Vienna on November 18.

By Fars News Agency


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