Foreign Ministry duty bound to follow Leader’s guidelines

Tehran, May 25, IRNA – Foreign minister said that the Foreign Ministry is committed to apply guidelines of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

According to a report released by the Islamic Consultative Assembly News Agency (ICANA), Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Foreign Ministry will adhere to the Supreme Leader’s guidelines regarding the IAEA inspectors’ interview with Iranian nuclear scientists.

Issue of interview with Iranian nuclear scientists is not a key topic of talks between Iran and P5+1, the official added.

Zarif noted that Iran had done its best to meet other sides of talks’ demands for transparency during a decade of negotiations in a way that the previous government allowed IAEA inspectors to interview the nuclear scientists.

IAEA inspectors had interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists and paid visits to the requested sites during the previous government, but they could not find anything against peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, Zarif underlined.

He said that IAEA inspectors’ previous visits to Iran’s nuclear sites and their interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists proved the fact that westerners are trying to make excuses.

Zarif attended a closed-door session of the Parliament (Majlis) on Sunday to brief lawmakers on the recent nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 group of countries.

Iran and the P5+1 group – the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – wrapped up their latest round of talks in Vienna on May 22 in another effort to narrow down the remaining differences and pave the way for a possible final nuclear deal.

Earlier on May 22, Araqchi said progress is slow in drafting a final written comprehensive agreement as the talks are complicated.

Iran and the P5+1 are currently working to reach a final accord on Iran’s nuclear program by the end of June.

The two sides reached a mutual understanding on the parameters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – as the comprehensive agreement on the nuclear dispute is called – in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.