Nuclear negotiators sticking to red lines: Iran’s FM

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s foreign minister reaffirmed on Friday that the country’s negotiators firmly stick to the Islamic Republic’s red lines in nuclear talks with world powers.

“Definitely, the negotiating team commits itself to safeguarding the Establishment’s red lines in all subjects of the nuclear negotiations, including Fordow (nuclear site),” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with ICANA on Friday.

Asked about the talk of West’s call for inspection of Iran’s military sites, Zarif, who is also the country’s chief nuclear negotiator, said, “I and members of the negotiating team have repeatedly emphasized that we will certainly not allow the Western sides to make excessive demands in the nuclear talks.”

His comments came after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday stressed that Iran will not allow the inspection of its military sites.

The Supreme Leader ruled out any request for interviews with Tehran’s nuclear scientists, and described it as an instance of “interrogation”.

“I would not let foreigners come (here) and talk to the Iranian nation’s dear scientists… who have expanded this wide knowledge to this stage,” Imam Khamenei explained.

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

According to the Lausanne statement, “Fordow will be converted from an enrichment site into a nuclear, physics and technology center. International collaboration will be encouraged in agreed areas of research. There will not be any fissile material at Fordow.”

By Tasnim News Agency