Rouhani says reaching nuclear agreement before deadline possible
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 27
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran has taken positive steps in previous rounds of nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of countries.
"If the other side shows political will, reaching a comprehensive agreement in the next month would be possible," he said, the official website of the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran reported on October 27.
"Efforts to reach a comprehensive and win-win deal helps Tehran to boost its relations with the European Union's members," he added.
The Iranian president further said that Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful and will remain so in the future.
"We are working in the framework of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency's experts are supervising our program," Rouhani said.
He made the remarks at a meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador to Tehran Odyssey Norheim.
The Iranian president also called for expansion of ties between Tehran and Oslo.
Norheim, for her part, said that Norway recognizes Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy.
She further expressed hope that Iran and the P5+1 would reach a comprehensive deal before November 24 deadline.
"Reaching an agreement would help Iran and Norway expand their ties," she said.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on October 25 that Iran will not accept any sanctions to remain in place in the final and comprehensive deal with the P5+1 group of countries.
"Iran will not shut down any nuclear facility," he said, adding that the country will keep all of its nuclear capabilities, Iran's Fars News Agency reported on October 25.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on October 22 that 90 percent of the negotiations have been completed and the two sides are taking the final steps. According to Afkham, the two sides are not interested in extending the 24-Nomveber deadline set for striking a final and comprehensive deal.
Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program, Press TV reported.
The Geneva deal took effect on January 20 and expired on July 20. However the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months till Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
In exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the US and its allies agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran.