Iran says P5+1 accepts its right to enrich uranium
Tehran, Iran, May 24
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
The P5+1 group of countries recognized Iran's right to enrich uranium in the latest round of nuclear talks between the two sides in Geneva.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi said that the Western side also accepted that the Fordo nuclear facility remains active and that the Arak reactor continues to work under a compromise formula, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported on May 24.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator once again highlighted that the country has no plans to produce nuclear weapons.
"Iran's secret for success is the country's ability to say "no" to the West," he said.
Araqchi said on May 21 that Iran will never negotiate over its defense system with the P5+1.
Araqchi said the other side insists on putting the issue of Iranian missiles on the agenda of the nuclear talks with Tehran.
However, he said that Tehran has so far prevented this, and will continue to do so until the end of the talks, Iran's ISNA News Agency reported on May 21.
He went on to note that Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries disagreed on most of the topics on the agenda in recent talks in Vienna.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the U.S., China, Russia, France and the UK - plus Germany wrapped up their latest round of high-level nuclear talks in the Austrian capital Vienna on May 16, Press TV reported.
Tehran and the six countries have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
In November 2013, the two sides signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva that came into force on January 20.