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Zarif rejects enrichment outside Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s top negotiator in the nuclear talks with the six world powers dismissed the possibility of Iran’s uranium enrichment outside its borders, adding that the entire world has accepted the country’s enrichment right.

“Today, no one speaks of enrichment outside Iran. Today no one has a word about (Iran’s right of) enrichment in principle since today enrichment and moving towards industrialized enrichment has been accepted as an inalienable reality and no one doubts about it anymore,” Zarif said, addressing Iranian legislators at the parliament on Tuesday.

“Today, no one speaks of suspending enrichment. Today no one speaks of closing Fordo (enrichment facilities) or Arak (heavy water reactor) (both in Central Iran),” he added.

Zarif referred to the fatwa (religious decree) issued by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei that has placed a strong religious ban on the acquisition, possession and use of atomic bombs, and said even the US and western leaders lay emphasis on this fatwa as an indication of Iran’s true opposition to the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).

“Today, our sides in the negotiations have well realized that Iran is committed to talks, but hates to be despised,” he underscored.

In relevant remarks in December, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined the nation would never give up its inalienable nuclear rights.

“Today like before we will continue our resistance on the path of the country’s national interests and goals as well as our religion,” President Rouhani said in a meeting with a group of elites and war veterans in Golestan province, Northern Iran.

The Iranian president reiterated that resistance would help the nation to embrace victory in all areas and achieve its goals.

“You should not have any doubt that the G5+1, the western world, the eastern world and the region all are in need of constructive interaction with Iran,” President Rouhani added.

He reiterated that Iran is today at a juncture that the world has accepted its basic nuclear rights, and said, “The world today has accepted the nuclear enrichment to take place on Iranian territory.”

“The world has accepted that we have Arak heavy water reactor; the world has accepted that we continue our activities in Fordo.”

Rouhani underlined that the world had accepted that the time for imposing oppressive sanctions against Iran was over.

He pointed to the removal of “oppressive sanctions” as an inalienable right of the Iranian nation, and said, “You should have no doubt that Iran will become triumphant and Iran will be better off next year.”

By Fars News Agency


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