Khamenei's advisor against issuing nuclear accord fact sheet
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 14
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
While Iranian MPs have requested publishing Iran's fact sheet of the Lausanne nuclear accord, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior foreign policy advisor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader opposes publishing it.
Velayati has argued that issuing fact sheet would harm Iran's nuclear talks with the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany).
Publishing the fact sheet is only aimed at attracting public opinion attention, Velayati said, adding while the Lausanne statement does not have any obligation to Iran, issue of fact sheet only will harm the process of nuclear talks.
He further stated that Iranian nuclear negotiating team moves within the Islamic Republic redlines and framework, which is determined by the supreme leader, Iran's ISNA news agency reported April 14.
Velayati's comments came after 213 Iranian lawmakers issued a letter on April 14 and asked Iran's foreign ministry to publish its version of the nuclear accord fact sheet.
Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi earlier said that the Islamic Republic's fact sheet is not different from what foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif earlier shared with the media.
The fact sheet is not important and lacks legal value, Araqchi said, adding it is only each side's own understanding of the issue.
It was previously announced that Iran has prepared its version of the nuclear accord fact sheet, detailing Iran's recent nuclear framework agreement with world powers, and will publish it if necessary.
Less than 24 hours after Iran and the P5+1 reached a mutual understanding over Tehran's nuclear program, a US fact sheet detailing parameters for a joint comprehensive plan of action was published.
Iran says the US fact sheet does not reflect the truth and is a mix of right and wrong.
It should be noted that the latest talks by Iran and the P5+1 ended in a framework agreement on April 2. The negotiating sides issued a final statement at the end of the 8-day talks, which clarified the objectives of a final deal that is to be reached by July 1.
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