Iran says nuclear deal within reach
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 18
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iran nuclear talks would be fruitful and agreement could be reached at the due date if the West is not affected by Israel and Saudi Arabia, Safar Naeimi Zar, an Iranian MP and member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee told Trend.
He said on Feb. 18 that the Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei supports Iran's nuclear negotiators. "We are confident that the nuclear negotiating team will observe national interests."
Naeimi Zar who serves as the spokesman of parliament's majority fraction added that Iran's nuclear program only is discussed by the negotiators, and other issues are not being discussed. "However, the negotiating team has been granted full authority and the power of decision making."
"So, the nuclear talks have not been fruitful due to the fact that the West has been affected sometimes by Israel and Saudi Arabia," he added.
Referring to comments of Ayatollah Khamenei that he is not optimistic about the talks, but supports the negotiators, Naeimi Zar said that Ayatollah Khamenei's viewpoint is the dominant viewpoint in the country. He added that any delay or extension of talks would not be beneficial for Iran, the West, and the global community.
Iran and P5+1 agreed in November 2014 to extend the nuclear talks to June.30. According to the agreement, the sides should reach a political accord in March and reach the comprehensive agreement by self-imposed deadline on June 30.
However, Khamenei announced earlier that he doesn't agree with a "two-stage accord" in the Islamic Republic's nuclear case.
Khamenei said Feb.8 that he doesn't agree with a two-stage accord on the Islamic Republic's nuclear case. He noted some people say that the agreement can be achieved in two stages, starting with generalities and then proceeding with details.
"But if an agreement is reached, it should include both the generalities and details in one stage," Khamenei said.
"Our experiences from the other party's behavior indicate that in case of reaching an agreement on generalities, they will bring successive excuses in discussions of the details," Khamenei 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 1 March, 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