AEOI: Iran never halts N. activities

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Asqar Zare’an underlined that the country’s nuclear activities will never come to a halt.

“(Iran’s) nuclear activities in different areas will never be ceased,” Zare’an said, addressing a meeting of the employees of Arak nuclear plant in Central Iran on Tuesday.

He reiterated that as a result of the AEOI’s planning and efforts of nuclear experts, the country’s nuclear industry will witness more achievements similar to the  past.

Zare’an pointed to the technical nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers, and said, “Iranian negotiators have acted according to the guidelines of the Iranian Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and they will pursue the national interests and foil the enemies’ plots vigilantly and powerfully.”

On Monday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi underscored full commitment of the country’s negotiators to the guidelines of Supreme Leader.

“The diplomats and negotiators are duty-bound to act in accordance with guidelines and redlines considered for them (by the Supreme Leader),” Araqchi, who is also senior negotiator in talks with the six major world powers, said in an interview with channel 2 of Iran state TV.

“I agree with an agreement if it can be struck, but I disagree with a bad agreement,” the Supreme Leader said in a meeting with the commanders and personnel of the Iranian Air Force and Air Defense in Tehran in February.

He pointed to the US officials’ remarks that “disagreement is better than a bad agreement”, and said, “We believe the same and we believe that not agreement is better than striking an agreement that would harm the national interests and pave the way for humiliating the great Iranian nation.”

The Leader further stressed his opposition to striking a deal over general issues and leaving the details for some other time in future, saying that a final agreement should include all the general principles and all the details together and should not leave anything for future.

The Supreme Leader reiterated that the Iranian nation will not tolerate bullying, excessive demands and illogical behavior.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the general points and technical details of any accord need to be agreed upon simultaneously as the US has already proved that it tries to escape its undertakings under the pretext of different interpretations.

“The contents of such a contract should be transparent, clear and not open to interpretation. The contents of the agreement should not allow the other side which is used to bargaining to seek excuses on different issues,” he added.

By Fars News Agency