Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.18
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says the country's powerful national army backs nuclear negotiators.
Addressing a ceremony which was held on the occasion of Iran's national army day in Tehran on April 18, Rouhani said one of the reasons for the strength of the nuclear negotiating team is the support of the army, Iran's ISNA news agency reported.
Rouhani however noted, that the army will never get involved in politics.
"It has been always defending the country. We will never attack a country, but will stand strong against any attack," Rouhani added.
Iran and the P5+1 reached a nuclear agreement on Nov. 24. Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief. Both Iran and the P5+1 group have agreed to implement the agreement starting from Jan. 20.
Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
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, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.