Tehran, Iran, Oct. 30
By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:
A senior advisor to the Supreme Leader of the Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that he has full trust in Iranian government's nuclear delegation team.
Ali Akbar Velayati, advisor to Khamenei on international affairs, who is also head of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council says that Iran's nuclear negotiation delegation is on the right route and they haven't retreated from "regime's nuclear redlines", Fars News Agency reported on Oct. 30.
The nuclear redline refers to Iranian authorities insistence on having a full nuclear program, including scientific researches, uranium enrichment, nuclear fuel production, etc. The West is suspicious about Iran's hidden efforts to obtain nuclear weapons, but Iran rejects the claims, arguing that the country's nuclear activities are aimed at totally peaceful goals.
Some of Iran's hardliners, including some members of parliament have raised their dissatisfaction about Iran's nuclear delegation team's talks with P5+1, saying that the Iranian delegation gave up the country's rights and withdrew from the regime's redlines.
Fars News Agency, a media close to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) quoted several MPs statement during the last week that criticized the Iranian government's nuclear approach.
Fars quoted Iranian MP Seyyed Mahmoud Nabavian on Oct.29 as saying that "Unfortunately, it has been committed to that all Iran's nuclear activities be done based on West's consent".
Iran and six powers reached an interim nuclear deal on last Nov. 24 that was extended in July for another four months to Nov. 24.
According to this accord, Iran imposed some restrictions over nuclear activities, including activation new centrifuges as well as converting its enriched uranium stockpile to nuclear fuel, instead, the West eased some sanctions on Iran.
The P5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) is preparing to hold next round on negotiations with Iran to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal until Nov.24. The time for next talks hasn't scheduled yet.
The U.S. State Department's Persian Language Spokesperson Alan Eyre told Trend on Oct. 27 that Iran and P5+1 had reached "significant progress" in the nuclear talks, but there is still "hard work" ahead.