Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 24
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said that the Islamic Republic can not trust the west, while commenting on ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group, the country's Fars news agency reported Nov. 24.
The Iranian minister said that a comprehensive nuclear agreement is possible only if the counter side changes its "arrogant temper".
Dehghan also argued that the western side needs nuclear agreement more than Iran.
On the other hand, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary guards Corps (IRGC) said that the nuclear case is just an excuse for the US and its allies to put pressure on the Islamic Republic.
Iran is under pressure for its independent positions not for the nuclear issue, Jafari said, adding if the country's officials believe this fact, they may change their negotiating approach.
He said that the resolution of nuclear issue will not stop "the US hostility towards the Islamic Republic."
World order is changing and the US should accept Iran as a key regional power and give up excessive demands, Jafari added.
The 10th and last round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) is now underway in Vienna as hopes on reaching an agreement before the deadline is almost disappeared.
Nov. 24 is set as the deadline to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the world six powers to put an end to the decade-old nuclear dispute.
Last November, Iran and the P5+1 clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on Jan. 20 and expired six months later. Under the deal dubbed the Geneva Joint Plan of Action, the six world powers undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
Edited by CN