Iran seeks removal of all sanctions, single-stage nuclear agreement - MP
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 27
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Tehran does not consider separate agreements on its nuclear program, Iranian lawmaker and member of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Esmail Kowsari told Trend March 27.
As Iran and the group P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are reaching the end-March deadline for coming up with a political understanding on Tehran's nuclear program, statements are made by some officials indicating differences between the negotiators. These come despite reports by the negotiators that the talks are making progress.
Kowsari said that Tehran is against the nuclear process proposed by the West, which includes separate stages of a political understanding by the end of March, and a comprehensive deal by July 1.
"We believe that any agreement that is going to be made should come in a single stage," he said.
The Iranian negotiation team is aware that it should follow the framework laid out by Iran's supreme leader and that sanctions have to be removed immediately, all at once, Kowsari said.
Under a final settlement, Tehran would halt sensitive nuclear work for at least a decade and in exchange, international sanctions on Iran would be lifted. This would aim to end the country's 12-year nuclear stand-off with the West and reduce the risk of another war in the Middle East.
Recently U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz have been holding numerous talks with their Iranian counterparts, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi, in the Swiss city of Lausanne.
Israel, Saudi Arabia, France and U.S. Congress have all raised concerns that the administration of President Barack Obama might be willing to conclude a deal that would allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapons capability in the future.