Mohammad Baqer Nobakht

World appreciates Iranian negotiators: Govt spokesman

IRNA – Spokesman for the government announced on Tuesday that the world appreciates the Iranian [nuclear] negotiators as the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution has also hailed them.

The truth is that the Iranian negotiating team by holding talks with six world powers could dismiss the baseless accusations against the country’s nuclear activities, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said at his weekly press briefing in Tehran.

Through a twitter message on July 14, 2017, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei praised the ‘honest and hard endeavors and efforts’ made by nuclear negotiating team.

About Iran’s nuclear activities, Nobakht said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has already confirmed 11 times Iran’s compliance with its commitments under the July 2015 nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) from which US President Donald Trump withdrew unilaterally on May 8.

‘We did not believe that these countries are honest,’ said Nobakht adding that Iran at present is also careful [about their moves.]

Nobakht went on to say that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif fulfilled his duties well during the talks so well that Trump during his May 9 remarks in cabinet meeting said ‘Kerry [former US Secretary of State] never had a chance against the gentleman [Zarif] he was negotiating with.

‘The first time I saw that man, I watched him on a certain show- a show of an anchor who is no longer with us. He was taken down. But it was an interesting show. And I looked at him, and after about three minutes of watching the show, I said, “There’s no way that Kerry can negotiate against this gentleman.” And that turned out to be a fact.’