High-ranking Iranian MP may join country's nuclear negotiating team
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30
By Temkin Jafarov, Saeed Isayev - Trend:
High-ranking official, Head of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Aladdin Boroujerdi may be added to the country's nuclear negotiating team, Iranian IRNA news agency reported.
Parliamentary spokesman Ali Larijani reportedly requested president Hassan Rouhani to allow Boroujerdi to be added to the rest of the negotiators.
IRNA did not provide a response from either Rouhani or Iran's FM Mohammad Javad Zarif on Larijani's preposition, while Mehr News agency reported that Rouhani accepted Larijani's suggestion for adding Boroujerdi to the negotiating team.
Elsewhere Larijani said that this is common practice, which Iran had before, when an MP is involved in nuclear negotiations.
He noted that there's no need for parliamentary MPs to be worried about the nuclear talks, and harshly spread it to the society, since the talks are carried out within concrete framework.
Larijani's remarks came as a response to previous comments by one of the conservative party MPs, who criticized the Geneva nuclear agreement between Iran's nuclear negotiating team and P5+1 group.
Iran and the P5+1 reached a nuclear agreement on Nov. 24. Iran has agreed to curb some of its nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief. Both Iran and the P5+1 group have agreed to implement the agreement starting from Jan. 20.
Under the agreement, six major powers agreed to give Iran access to $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if it carries out the deal, which offers sanctions relief in exchange for steps to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
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 researches instead.