Enrichment, Arak facility, lifting of sanctions on the agenda of next round
of nuclear talks
Tehran, Feb 23, IRNA -- The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the
P5+1 will focus on the quantity and quality of uranium enrichment in Iran,
lifting of sanctions and Arak heavy water reactor, Deputy Foreign Minister
Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by Spokesman of Majlis National Security
and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini.
Araqchi who had attended a Commission session on Sunday said Iran declared
during recent nuclear talks in Vienna it will not accept any issues beyond
its (November) deal and that no issues other than Iranís nuclear program
should ever be raised during the talks, according to Naqavi Hosseini.
Araqchi further said that no (UN Security Council) anti-Iran resolutions
could be implemented.
Araqchi, a senior member of Iranís negotiating team with the five permanent
members of the UN Security Council plus Germany over its nuclear program,
told Iranian legislators that the recent round of talks in Vienna aimed to
find a comprehensive deal to include Iranís right to go ahead with its
peaceful nuclear activities, lifting of all anti-Iran sanctions and
normalizing the nuclear issue.
The deputy foreign minister also said that the two sides agreed on the
timeframe for talks during the next four months and that the two sides are
expected to hold six rounds of negotiations.
He added that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is scheduled to visit
Tehran from March 10-11.
Araqchi said that the Zionist regime is making every effort to derail the
negotiations and persuade the United States and the West to pursue military
option in dealing with Iranís nuclear issue.
He reiterated that the US and Israel failed to force Iran to give up its
right to uranium enrichment and Iranís right has been recognized.
Araqchi said that Iranian peopleís massive turnout in rallies on February 12
to mark the 35th anniversary of Islamic Revolution and the guidelines of
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are the main factors behind the
success of the negotiating team.