Iran’s President Rouhani has declared that a comprehensive nuclear deal with the 5+1 Powers is possible in talks in Vienna, as the two sides face a November 24 deadline.
Rouhani said on Wednesday night, “If the opposite party in the negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran has the political will for a deal and avoids excessive demands, the conditions are prepared for the conclusion of a deal.”
The President repeated that an agreement should “”preserve and guarantee the rights of the Iranian nation” to a nuclear program for civilian purposes, and should “further stabilize the region”.
Rouhani noted that a long-term deal over Iran’s civilian nuclear activities will be in the interest of all countries, emphasizing that such an accord would fix economic problems in the world.
The President’s statement filled a void in news from the talks, which began on Tuesday. Iranian officials met counterparts from Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany in bilateral sessions, a day after they sat down with the senior American negotiators.
A BBC reporter summarized the lack of public information about the discussions:
#IranTalksVienna are done for the night. No news. Diplomacy in action not conducive to antsy journalists…
Interim arrangements over Iran’s nuclear program, agreed in November 2013, expire on Monday.
Key issues to be resolved included the number and level of Iran’s centrifuges for uranium enrichment, the lifting of US-led sanctions, and the duration of an agreement.
Head of judiciary Sadegh Larijani, who met Rouhani on Wednesday, called for a firm Iranian line, “If the opposite side intends to raise excessive demands to make us withdraw from our rights, they should know that our nation will never bow to such demands.”
Speaking to judiciary officials, Larijani demanded that Iranian negotiators in Vienna not waver, “If the negotiating side senses that we have withdrawn a step, they will come several steps forward.”
And he insisted that the lifting of sanctions on Tehran, which have crippled Iran’s oil exports and other sectors such as finance since 2012, must be permanent:
No new sanctions should be imposed against Iran on any new pretext, that is to say the situation shouldn’t be in a way that they lift the present sanctions today, but impose new ones on the pretext of ballistic missiles or human rights issues tomorrow.
By EA WorldView
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