Poll: Majority of Iranians oppose retreat from nuclear achievements

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Nearly three out of four Iranians think that Iran should not stop its nuclear progress in exchange for temporary sanctions relief, saying the country has already paid the price for the sanctions, according to a recent poll.

A University of Tehran survey conducted during October 20-26 indicated that 74.3 percent of the public thinks that the country “should not roll back any of its current achievements in the nuclear field,” since it has already borne the cost of sanctions in the past.

Only 18 percent of those polled believed that Tehran had better agree to roll back some of its nuclear achievements in order to get relief from the pressure of sanctions.

Meantime, 42.9 percent of people questioned in the poll say the sanctions imposed on Iran for its peaceful nuclear program have had “great negative” impact on the country’s economy.

And nearly eighty-four percent said it is “very important” for Iran to develop its nuclear program.

Iran and the G5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) in November last year signed an interim deal, known as the Geneva Agreement, on Tehran’s nuclear case.

Based on the interim deal (the Joint Plan of Action), 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 suspend its 20% enrichment for a period of six months.

The two sides wrapped up a week of intensive nuclear talks in Vienna on November 24 without reaching a long-awaited deal they were supposed to hammer out by the self-imposed November 24 deadline.

Negotiations between Iran and the sextet aim to hammer out a final agreement to end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.

Negotiators from Iran and the sextet concluded a round of deputy-level talks on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program in Switzerland’s Geneva on Wednesday.

The Swiss city will once again host the next round of talks on January 15, 2015.

By Tasnim News Agency


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