IRGC advisor sees achievements, concerns in Lausanne statement

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Neither fervent admiration nor fierce opposition to a framework nuclear agreement that Iran and world powers reached in Lausanne is decent, a senior IRGC advisor said, calling for trust in the Iranian negotiators rather than relying on the US interpretation of the statement.
In an interview with the Tasnim News Agency on Monday, Hamidreza Moqaddamfar, the advisor to the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in media affairs hailed the country’s “good achievements” in the nuclear talks with world powers that he said should not be ignored.

As regards the strong points of the framework deal, he said Iran’s right to enrich uranium has been recognized and the enemy has withdrawn from its previous red lines, meaning that Fordow nuclear facility will remain in place, the country will keep its centrifuge machines, carry out research and development, and the Arak reactor will be somehow preserved.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on March 2 reached a framework agreement on Tehran’s civilian nuclear program after more than a week of intensive negotiations in Lausanne, Switzerland, with both sides committed to push for a final, comprehensive accord until the end of June.

According to the statement, “Fordow will be converted from an enrichment site into a nuclear, physics and technology center,” while “Iran’s research and development on centrifuges will be carried out on a scope and schedule that has been mutually agreed.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Moqaddamfar said the Iranian negotiators’ success to force the enemy to step back from its red lines was a result of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s guidance on the talks and the resistance shown by the nation and the negotiators.

He also referred to Iran’s “considerable spiritual influence” in the region and some other parts of the world and the country’s remarkable progress in different areas as reasons behind the world powers’ acknowledgement of Iran’s nuclear rights.

The advisor also hinted at the issues in the statement that could be a source of concern, expressing the hope that the Iranian team would successfully handle the subjects relating to the removal of sanctions, or the threat of US or Israel’s access to Iran’s nuclear information under the guise of the IAEA’s inspectors.

According to the Lausanne statement, “the EU will terminate the implementation of all nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions and the US will cease the application of all nuclear-related secondary economic and financial sanctions, simultaneously with the IAEA-verified implementation by Iran of its key nuclear commitments.”

By Tasnim News Agency