Iran's Rouhani: P5+1's internal problems their own business (UPDATE)
details added (first version posted at 15:04)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 12
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says that it is not Iran's issue if any of P5+1 members have internal problems.
It seems Rouhani's statement was about the Republicans winning the Senate elections on Nov. 5, a rival party for the ruling Democrats, who are negotiating with Iran within the P5+1 group for reaching a nuclear deal.
Rouhani himself did not specify what he was commenting on.
The president said Iran would keep nuclear negotiations with P5+1 based on reserving its rights and doesn't care about their internal problems.
If P5+1 and some certain countries aim to hinder the trend of progress in Iran under different pretexts, they will not succeed, Rouhani said, adding that the Islamic Republic is bound to all the international laws.
The Supreme Leader's fatwa is the highest guarantee which assures that the country's nuclear activities are solely for peaceful purposes, he said.
Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi said that Iran will certainly continue its uranium enrichment program.
The level of enrichment will be set based on the country's needs, he added.
Rouhani said on Nov.12 that Iran will not withdraw if the West is keen to prevent Iran from scientific development in nuclear sphere.
Last November, Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on Jan. 20 and expired six months later.
However, the parties agreed to extend their talks until Nov. 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues.