Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 17
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Conditions are ready for achieving a final agreement between Iran and the P5+1 on the country's nuclear program, director of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati said, ILNA news agency reported on Dec. 17.
On November 24, Iran and the P5+1 reached a deal in Geneva after several days of intensive negotiations. With the agreement, Iran has agreed to curb some nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief.
Velayati, who is also an advisor to the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei said Iran's policy is continuing negotiations and fulfilling its obligations.
Commenting on the recent act by the U.S. Treasury of blacklisting additional companies and individuals for "providing support for" Iran's nuclear program, he underlined that all sides would lose the respect of the international community if they refuse to comply with the Geneva commitments.
"Some P5+1 members like Russia have protested the U.S. decision," Velayati added.
He said the US has no choice but stay committed to its obligations.
Nothing can prevent Iran from using peaceful nuclear energy, Velayati said, adding that, Iran does not need anyone's permission to use its incontrovertible rights.
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 research instead.
Edited by C.N.