|‘Iran-IAEA agreement would show political nature of West’s dispute with Iran’||
TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has said that a possible agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would illustrate the political nature of certain world powers’ dispute with Iran over its nuclear program.
Ramin Mehmanparast made the remarks in Tehran on Tuesday during his regular press briefing in reply to a question about the remarks that Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi recently made, in which he said that Tehran should wait for the result of its negotiations with the UN nuclear watchdog before starting a new round of talks with the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany).
The most recent meeting between Iran and the IAEA, during which both sides said progress was made, was held in Tehran on December 13. It was agreed that they meet again in the Iranian capital on January 16, when a deal for further investigation into Iran’s nuclear activities may be finalized.
And the latest round of high-level talks between Iran and the six major powers was held in Moscow on June 18 and 19. No decision has yet been made on the date and venue of a new round of negotiations, which some reports say will be held in the near future.
Mehmanparast said, “Various people express their views, but what I have already stated is that the negotiations should be technical and legal and that we can quickly reach an agreement within the framework of technical and legal talks.
“Western countries’ approach toward our nuclear issue is not technical and legal in nature, but rather a political objective is being pursued.”
He added, “In the event that an agreement is made at our negotiations with the agency, Iran’s talks with the 5+1 will once again show that the argumentation of Western countries and the 5+1 is political. And if they want to reach an agreement (with us), they must recognize our country’s right, and if there is any concern, we will decide how to allay it during our negotiations with the agency.”
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