Iranian parliament speaker says ex-president's remarks ‘false analogy’
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 4
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has rejected remarks by Expediency Discernment Council chief Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who said that Iranian entities that speak against Iran's nuclear negotiations with the West speak in unison with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Larijani disagreed with the senior Iranian politician's chastising Iranian MPs who spoke against the ongoing nuclear negotiations, IRNA news agency reported March 4.
The Majlis speaker in the meantime requested that MPs opposed to the talks avoid "addressing non-real issues" on the Iranian nuclear case.
Yesterday, Rafsanjani had said a group famously known inside Iran as "The Anxious", move in line with Netanyahu in trying to prevent a nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers.
Hours after Rafsanjani's remarks, lawmakers such as Hamid Rasaee and Mehrdad Bazrpash, who are members of the Front of Islamic Revolution Stability party, had voiced strong reaction.
Talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) have been extended until July 1, 2015 to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
After the sides failed to meet the 24 Nov. 2014 deadline they also extended the Geneva nuclear deal, which was signed in November 2013 for providing 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