MP: Iran, P5+1 should proceed with talks
A senior Iranian lawmaker has assessed as "useful and effective" the latest round of comprehensive talks between Iran and the six world powers, Press TV reported.
"In order to see results in these talks, there is no option but to lift the cruel and illegal sanctions imposed by the Americans and other Western countries," head of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters on Sunday.
The five permanent members of the UNSC --Russia, China, France, the UK and US -- plus Germany (the P5+1) took the first step towards violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by imposing sanctions and they should now lift these sanctions to see results, the Iranian lawmaker added.
Boroujerdi emphasized that enrichment activities will never stop in Iran, saying that Article IV of the NPT reiterates that enrichment is a right of all signatories and therefore Tehran can independently decide to enrich uranium to and beyond 20 percent.
"During the Almaty 2 talks, we proposed that our nuclear rights be recognized based on Article IV of the NPT and that sanctions be lifted but they neither accepted, nor rejected," Boroujerdi pointed out.
He noted that Secretary of Iran Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili and the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, are scheduled to hold a telephone conversation to discuss the date and venue of the next round of talks between Tehran and the P5+1.
Iran and the P5+1 held two days of comprehensive talks with the main focus on Iran's nuclear energy program in the Kazakh city of Almaty on April 5-6.
During the meeting, Iran presented the P5+1 with the details of its proposals and said it was now up to the group to decide on how to respond to the Iranian proposals.