Iranian president appoints MP Boroujerdi as member of Geneva deal committee
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 2
By Rahim Zamanov - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has agreed to appoint MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi as a member of the committee tasked with implementing the Geneva nuclear deal, Iran's IRIB news agency reported on Feb. 2.
The proposal was made by the speaker of Iranian Majlis (parliament) Ali Larijani.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi is currently the head of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.
Iranian IRNA news agency reported on January 30 that Boroujerdi may be added to the country's nuclear negotiating team.
Ali Larijani reportedly requested President Hassan Rouhani to allow Boroujerdi to be added to the rest of the negotiators.
Elsewhere Larijani said that this is common practice, which Iran had before, when an MP is involved in nuclear negotiations.
He noted that there is no need for 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.
Boroujerdi said on February 1 that Iran will definitely not halt uranium enrichment or shut Fordo site, Iran's Tasnim News Agency reported.
"Uranium enrichment and Fordo site are the red lines of Iran in the negotiations. We can negotiate over enriching uranium up to 20 percent for now, but we should be able to enrich uranium whenever we need to do it," Boroujerdi said.
"Majlis has approved that the government cannot accept halting uranium enrichment completely," Iranian MP explained.
"Iran's right to enrich uranium is reserved by the NPT, so the base of the sanctions against the country is under question," Boroujerdi said.
"Iran seeks a couple of goals in the negotiations. First, the West should accept and announce Iran's right to enrich the uranium. Second, sanctions imposed on the country should be lifted, and third, the West should construct new power plants for Iran," he said, adding that the western technology in constructing power plants is more sophisticated than that of Russia and China.
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.
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.