Nuclear deal depending on political resolve of both sides: Afkham

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham holds weekly press conference

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham holds weekly press conference

Beirut, March 19, IRNA – Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said Thursday that reaching a nuclear agreement between Iran and the six world powers – known as the P5+1 – rests upon the political resolve of negotiating parties.

In an interview with Lebanon’s al-Ahd news service, Afkham said that nuclear talks in the Swiss town of Lausanne have entered a critical stage.

Iran has to be confident that the Western governments will uphold their commitments under a possible nuclear deal, Afkham said.

A good deal for Iran is one that will lead to complete lifting of arbitrary and illegal sanctions and accepting Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, she added.

Asked to comment about Lebanon’s Hezbullah being removed from the US list of ‘security threats’, Afkham said that such reports are of no significance, since Iran believes that Hezbullah has never posed a threat to another country.

She criticized Western countries’ double-standard towards terrorism and said that Hezbullah and the Islamic Republic of Iran have always fought terrorism.

Hezbullah is a popular and legal resistance movement fighting the aggressors and the Zionist regime and Iran never accepts it being called a terrorist group, Afkham said.