Iran won’t yield one iota of nuclear rights: Official

Iran won’t yield one iota of nuclear rights: Official
Sun Oct 13, 2013 22:23:39

A senior Iranian foreign ministry official has reiterated that the Islamic Republic will not back down “an iota” from its nuclear rights, including the enrichments of uranium for peaceful objectives.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday that uranium enrichment and protection of the Iranian nation’s rights are the country’s red lines in the forthcoming talks with the six world powers in Geneva, Switzerland.

“We will not yield one iota from whatever [right that] the Iranian people have according to international treaties,” said the senior official.

He reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes on its soil, stating that shipping nuclear material abroad is Iran's red line and it will not allow the shipment of even one gram of uranium out of the country.

“We will negotiate about the form, quantity and different levels of enrichment, but shipping out the [nuclear] material is our red line," Araqchi added.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US -- plus Germany are scheduled to hold talks in Geneva on October 15-16.

Iranian deputy foreign minister added that the Islamic Republic will “dispel all the logical concerns” of the other negotiating parties.

“These [forthcoming] negotiations will focus on nuclear issue, but we would be also ready to negotiate about regional issues and other international challenges, if they were willing,” Araqchi added.

He noted that Iran seeks “purposeful and real” negotiations in Geneva and explained that Tehran would enter talks with “seriousness and determination” in order to achieve a “specific goal” which would be acceptable to both sides.

“The opposite party has always claimed that it has no opposition to [use of] peaceful nuclear energy in Iran, but is opposes nuclear weapons, and when we give them assurances in these negotiations that Iran has no [nuclear] military program on its agenda, they will achieve their win,” the deputy foreign minister further emphasized.

The US, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran, without any proof, of having plans to pursue non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the unsubstantiated claim as a pretext to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.

Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.


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