TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi underlined Tehran’s outspokenness and honesty in the ongoing nuclear talks with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany).
“Iran has entered the nuclear talks with transparency and sincerity and it acts accordingly,” Sarmadi said in a meeting with Cypriot Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Georgios Lakkotrypis in Tehran on Wednesday.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister, meantime, pointed to the status quo of Iran-Cyprus relations, and said the countries share common regional interests and can, thus, enhance their cooperation on various bilateral and multilateral scenes.
Sarmadi appreciated Cyprus for its positive role in fighting terrorism and extremism in the European Union, and termed terrorist and extremist moves that have reached their climax in the recent decade as inhuman actions that should be confronted.
The Cypriot minister, for his part, said that the European Union should change its attitude and approach towards Iran and build its relations on the basis of common interests with Iran.
Earlier today, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned of the arrogant powers’ plots to impede Iran’s progress in different scientific and technological fields, and said even if Tehran accepts all the demands of the world powers in the nuclear standoff, the western states would never remove their embargos against the country.
“Their main goal of such measures (sanctions) is humiliation of the Iranian nation and stopping the nation and Islamic Republic’s great move towards a new Islamic civilization and I believe that even if we accept the demands that they (want to) dictate on us in the nuclear issue, the sanctions will not be removed since they are opposed to the (Islamic) Revolution in essence,” Ayatollah said in Tehran, addressing a large number of visiting Iranians from East Azerbaijan province.
He elaborated on the underlying cause of economic problems in Iran, and said, “One of the most important problems is the arrogant powers’ plots after the end of the (Iraqi-) imposed war (1980-1988) to prevent Iran from becoming an influential economic hub in the region and the world.”
Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the western states’ attempts to keep Iran away from partnership in major regional and international economic projects, including oil and gas pipelines, and keep Tehran under sanctions, and said in addition to the arrogant powers’ plots, the country’s economy is suffering from dependence on oil and government’s major role in different projects.
He underlined the necessity for implementation of Resistance Economy plans in Iran, and said, “The resistance economy which is necessary for the country under any conditions, under or free from sanctions, means that the country’s economic foundation should be organized in a way that it is not affected by global trembles.”
“If the country’s economic basis is planned and strengthened based on using people’s capacities and domestic production, we will never mourn or grow concerned over sanctions and reduction in oil prices,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
He underscored that one of the important and main solutions to get rid of oil-oriented economy is cutting the budget’s dependence on oil revenues, and emphasized the necessity for using the abundant capacities of the Iranian youth to make progress and materialize the goals of the Revolution.
He blasted the US threats and the European states’ obedience to the US policies, and said, “If they is to be any sanction imposed, the Iranian nation too can impose sanction (on them) and it will do so.”