Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 19
By Umid Niayesh- Trend:
If good will exists on the U.S. side of negotiations, an agreement can be reached in six months on the nuclear issue, Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi said, Iranian IRNA news agency reported on Feb. 19.
The nuclear negotiation process is hard, but that does not mean it is not possible to achieve an agreement over six months, he added.
Iran held a new round of nuclear talks with the Six Powers (P5+1 group) earlier on Feb. 18, which was followed by separate bilateral meetings.
The Vienna talks are being held for the purpose of setting an agenda for the talks on a final step agreement.
Iran and the P5+1 will continue nuclear talks at the expert level in Vienna on Feb. 19, Kamalvandi said. He also underlined that the negotiations process is positive, adding that the talks include only nuclear issue.
"Iranian centrifuges are as active as in the past, the only difference is they are producing 5 percent enriched uranium instead of the 20 percent enriched uranium," Kamalvandi underlined.
Protecting the country's nuclear achievements is the Iranian delegation's redline in the negotiations, he said.
Commenting on IAEA Chief, Yukiya Amano`s statement on the necessity of implementation of Additional Protocol by Iran, Kamalvandi said that implementation of the Additional Protocol is also a topic of the Joint Plan of Action, but it should be approved by Iranian parliament before implementation.
If the issue is included in the final agreement talks we will ask them to respect to Iran's terms and conditions, while the Iranian administration has no right to implement it without parliament's approval, he underscored.
The Additional Protocol allows unannounced inspections outside of declared nuclear sites and it is seen as a vital tool at the IAEA's disposal to make sure that a country does not have any hidden nuclear work.
On October 16, 2013, Tasnim news agency quoted member of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hussein Naghavi Husseini as saying implementation of the Additional Protocol by the Islamic Republic should be ratified in the parliament.
"If the Parliament rejects the Additional Protocol, the administration will not be able to sign any agreement on the issue," Naghavi Husseini added.
Additional Protocol was endorsed earlier by Iran in 2003, but wasn't officially ratified by the country's parliament.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, and is using nuclear energy for medical research instead.
Edited by C.N.