Salehi: West forced to negotiate due to Iran’s nuclear capability

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday that the western states opted to try diplomacy and negotiations with Tehran because of Iran’s high nuclear capability.

“The AEOI chief told the closed-door session of the parliament today that the Islamic Republic of Iran has acquired such a (high level of) power in the nuclear technology that this very power has forced the western side to see no way out but sitting to the negotiating table with Iran,” Gholam-Ali Jafarzade, an MP who was present in the parliament’s closed-door session, told FNA after the meeting.

Salehi and Zarif are visiting the parliament today to explain the details of the latest round of Iran-powers talks in Lausanne and the joint statement issued at the end of the high-profile negotiations in the Swiss city.

According to Jafarzadeh, Salehi also briefed the lawmakers on the latest conditions of Iran’s atomic plants and the country’s latest achievements in the nuclear sector.

“Salehi also portrayed an image of Iran’s nuclear situation and position on the global scene,” he added.

Iran and the G5+1 started their new round of talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, last week to narrow their differences over Tehran’s nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline.

After nine days of hard work, the seven nations reached an understanding on Thursday which laid the ground for them to start drafting the final nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, dozens of Iranian University Students are staging a sit-in in front of the parliament to voice protest at the results of the Lausanne talks.

The students have gathered in front of the parliament building to protest at the results of the Lausanne talks between Iran and the six world powers and the statement issued at the end of the negotiations in the Swiss city on Thursday.

The students say they believe that the redlines of the country have been crossed in the Swiss statement and the nation’s goals with regard to the removal of the sanctions have not been materialized.

The protesters say they have a question to ask from the foreign minister, and shout “losing in Lausanne, pretending victory in Tehran”.

By Fars News Agency