Iran’s nuclear team follows supreme leader’s desires
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 11
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the country's nuclear negotiating team is following the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei's guidelines in talks with the P5+1 group, Iran's Fars news agency reported Feb. 11.
He made the remarks while responding a question about Khamenei's recent statements over a comprehensive nuclear agreement conditions.
Khamenei said on Feb. 8 that he doesn't agree with a two-stage accord on the Islamic Republic's nuclear case.
"If an agreement is reached, it should include both the generalities and details in one stage," Khamenei explained.
Iran's leader added that the agreement should be clear, obvious and not prone to being interpreted according to someone's point of view.
"I am following the same guidelines in the nuclear talks," Zarif said. The Iranian top diplomat also argued that achieving a nuclear agreement needs the other side's political will.
"If there is a political will by the other party, we can achieve an agreement as soon as possible, otherwise it will not be achievable even in ten years, Zarif said.
Iran and the P5+1 (the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany) group have extend their negotiations to reach a comprehensive nuclear deal, with the aim of reaching a high-level political agreement by March 1, and confirming the full technical details of the agreement by July 1.
After the sides failed to meet the November 24, 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.
The US and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
Edited by CN
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