President: Pressure, sanctions are unacceptable

Tehran, May 18, IRNA – Condemning pressure and sanctions as futile and unacceptable, President Hassan Rouhani said nuclear talks between Iran and 6 world powers have had good progress so far.

In a meeting with visiting Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, the Iranian President said pressure and sanction are unacceptable and unfruitful.

Referring to the intensive talks between Iran and the sextet- the US, UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany- the President said the talks have witnessed good progress.

If the two sides have serious determination, they will reach a final agreement in the set time, said President Rouhani.

Iran is transparent as it has proved, said the President stressing Tehran has entered the talks with determination.

Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities are under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the President, stressing that the country will continue nuclear activities for the peaceful purposes.

To fight terrorism and uproot it, all world states should be convinced that the issue will benefit no one, the Iranian President said.

To annihilate terrorism, all the global and regional countries have to join hands, noted Rouhani.

The President added Iran welcomes the actions to be taken by the European states including Hungary towards fighting against terrorism.

On military violation against Yemen, the President said the defenseless and innocent Yemenis are in dire need of aid by the world society.

He hoped the world states would cooperate to quench the fire of war in Yemen for ever.

On Tehran-Budapest relations, Rouhani said there are many capacities for further bilateral ties in the areas of culture, politics, economy and tourism.

The two countries also can make a link between the Middle East countries and the states in the Central Europe, said he.

For his part, the Hungarian foreign minister stressed that there would be no sustainable solution for the regional problems without Iran’s presence.

Szijjarto said there are common interests between Iran and the entire Europe.

About Yemen, he said his country welcomes ceasefire in that country.

Countries’ territorial integrity should be respected, said Hungarian foreign minister, adding Muslims and Christians should join hands to stop terrorism.

About nuclear talks, he described Iran as a country that is for negotiations.