Senior MP: Europe, US not seeking to clinch final deal with Iran

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesman for the Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesman for the Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian lawmaker underlined that the US and the European countries are not serious about striking a final deal with Iran.

“Unfortunately, the western governments do not fulfill their undertakings,” Rapporteur of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told FNA on Tuesday.

The prominent legislator noted that the western countries have violated the Geneva interim agreement repeatedly, and said, “The Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) vowed under the Geneva agreement not to impose any new sanctions against Iran and not to even extend the existing sanctions; hence imposing new sanctions against Iran is blocked according to the contents of the Geneva agreement.”

But you can see that they have imposed sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities several time since November 2013 when the interim deal was struck, he added, and condemned the new sanctions imposed by the US and Europe against the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).

Naqavi Hosseini noted that the West is trying to push the negotiations into deadlock by ignoring the rules of the game and without leaving the negotiating table.

During a meeting in Brussels on Thursday 12 February, members of the European Union decided to sanction again the NITC, which is transporting oil around the globe, after the European court of appeal rejected the demand of the 27-nation block to keep the Iranian entity under sanction.

Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed the necessity for the annulment of all sanctions against the country, and dismissed the US officials’ claims that Tehran had sit to the negotiating table with powers under pressures and sanctions.

“Those who state that Iran has come to the negotiations due to sanctions are uttering lies; Iran has sit to the negotiating table not as a result of pressures but for the sake of logic and for the establishment of peace in the region and the world,” Rouhani said, addressing millions of people participating in the February 11 rallies marking the 36th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran and other cities.

He asked the western officials if their claims that Iran had sit to the negotiating table due to sanctions were true, then why they didn’t impose further embargos on the nation and had resorted to talks with Tehran, instead.

“Speak honestly and admit that you have been left with no other option against the Iranian nation but interaction, and say it to the world out loud that if you intend to establish peace and stability and uproot terrorism in the Middle-East region, you have no way out but (to interact with) the Islamic Republic,” Rouhani underscored.

Stressing that Iran was after a win-win understanding with the world powers, Rouhani said, “This means that if Iran shows transparency in its peaceful nuclear program within the framework of the international regulations, the other side should also end the illegal sanctions and this will benefit both sides.”

The 10th round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24, where the seven nations decided to extend the talks until July after they failed to strike an agreement.

The latest round of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers was held in February.

Both Iran and the G5+1 negotiators have underlined that cutting a final deal before the July 10 deadline is possible.

By Fars News Agency