Envoy: Iran’s nuclear case should be removed from UN Security Council with final agreement
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 6
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Any final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 should include removing Iran from the agendas of the United Nations Security Council as well as the IAEA Board of Governors, Iranian envoy to the IAEA, Reza Najafi said, the country's Fars news agency reported on March 6.
Najafi made the remarks while addressing the IAEA Board of Governors on March 5, in Vienna.
He went on to say that removal of all sanctions against Iran and the establishment of international civilian nuclear cooperation should also be among the main components of a final nuclear agreement.
Iran's peaceful nuclear rights within the framework of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), should be included in the comprehensive final agreement, he underlined.
In return, increased transparency and supervision of peaceful nuclear activities in the final agreement will strengthen mutual trust, Najafi noted.
Iran and the P5+1 (Russia, China, France, Germany, UK and the US) held meetings in Vienna in February to work out a comprehensive deal. The two sides signed an interim deal on Iran's nuclear energy programme in Geneva on November 24, 2013. The deal took effect on Jan. 20.
Under the agreement, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfils the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear programme.
Iran and the P5+1 started a new round of expert level talks on Tehran's nuclear energy programme in Vienna on March 5. Iranian Foreign Ministry Political and International director Hamid Baidinejad is leading the Iranian delegation in the ongoing negotiations. The agenda includes uranium enrichment, Iran and IAEA cooperation and the Arak heavy water reactor.
The talks are scheduled to last through March 7, although both sides have announced that the negotiations may extend if necessary.
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 S.M.