AEOI chief says reaching comprehensive deal highly possible

Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi

Tehran, Dec 9, IRNA – Chairman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday there is a great possibility for reaching a comprehensive agreement over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a two-day international conference on a World Against Violation and Extremism (WAVE) here, Salehi said Iran has attended the nuclear talks with wisdom, flexibility and rationalism.

‘During the talks, we have shown necessary flexibility although the other party had made it believed that we are stubborn and against negotiations,’ said the AEOI chief.

He added the world public opinion has now become aware of the reason why no agreement has been made yet.

‘We have tried all possible routes but it seems that the other party is not interested in making a deal,’ Salehi explained.

He added, ‘The two sides’ views have currently become very close to each other on the discussed issues which are the enrichment, heavy water, sanctions and Fordo.’

‘Some issues have been settled and we are now technically and legally close on other issues but to reach an agreement there should be a political intention,’ the AEOI chief noted, stressing, ‘If the political intention exists in other party, it will be highly possible to reach an agreement as it exists in our side.’

Referring to the pressure exerted on US by the Zionist lobby groups, Salehi added that the Zionist regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially announced that he had prevented reaching an agreement in the latest round of nuclear talks and US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Washington consults with Israel over the nuclear talks.

Naturally the Zionist regime does not want the nuclear issue to be settled because they want to use it as a pressure lever against Iran.

Salehi said he believed the US President Barack Obama and Kerry were interested in resolving the nuclear problem but, he added, ‘There are others who don’t want to see the issue settled since that would be a great victory for Obama and would turn him into one of the most famous presidents of the US.’

The AEOI chief urged the US officials to make ultimate use of the present opportunity ‘as it possibly may not happen in the future.’

Salehi stressed, ‘Tehran will not make new centrifuges operational as long as the nuclear talks continue.’



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