Iran says Western sanction must be eliminated outright
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 28
By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:
A member of Iran's nuclear delegation says the West should eliminate all sanctions imposed on Iran outright.
Foreign Ministry Deputy for Europe and Americas Majid Takht-Ravanchi said that Iran doesn't intend to extend nuclear talks again, IRNA reported on Oct.28.
Iran and six powers including the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China and Germany reached interim nuclear deal on last Nov.24 which was extended in July for further four months to Nov.24.
Meanwhile, U.S. State Department's Persian Language Spokesperson Alan Eyre told Trend on Oct. 27 that Iran and P5+1 has reached "significant progress" in nuclear talks, but there is still "hard work" ahead.
Takht-Ravanchi says that that Iran is carrying out advanced levels of enrichment activities and this could not be stopped at this stage of progress.
Iranian diplomat also said that Iran is talking about the number of active centrifuges with P5+1. The West wants Iran to have single-digit thousands of active centrifuges, meaning it would take Tehran a long time to use them for producing high-level enriched uranium for nuclear weapons. Tehran, who has 19,000 centrifuges (9,400 of them are active), has rejected reducing the number of active enrichment machines.
However, Javad Karimi Goddousi an Iranian member of parliament quoted Abbas Araqchi, head of Iran's nuclear delegation with P5+1 on Oct. 20 that the U.S. agreed with leaving 4,000 active centrifuges at Iran's uranium enrichment plants.
He underlined that that Araqchi said during a meeting with the National Security and International Relations Committee of Parliament that the U.S. was insisting on retention of only 1,300 active centrifuges in Iran, but during the latest talks, Washington agreed to 4,000.
Goddousi told Mehr News Agency that according to Araqchi's statements, elimination of imposed sanctions on Iran, as well as the amount of uranium enrichment remains as disputed topics in the nuclear talks with P5+1.