Zarif in New York to pursue a win-win situation for all – nuclear expert
Tehran, Iran, Apr. 27
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is slated to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry on April 27.
Zarif is heading a delegation of Iranian nuclear negotiators to New York to attend the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
He will be the first state party to the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to address its 190 signatories at the United Nations headquarters on behalf of 118 non-aligned nations that have signed the NPT.
Iran and the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) will also hold deputy and expert-level talks over Tehran's nuclear work on the sidelines of the event.
The representatives of these countries need to iron out details about the timing of sanctions relief, the future of Iran's atomic research and development program, the exact nature of the IAEA's monitoring regime and what kind of uranium stockpiles Tehran will be allowed to keep under any final accord to be reached by the end of June.
The chance to talk a final deal is the result of Iran's long and patient negotiations and cooperation with the powers, Said Yari, nuclear affairs expert and chairman of the Iranian Reform Front's Nuclear Committee told Trend April 27.
He said that by clarifying its nuclear program through voluntary actions, Tehran has already convinced the world powers that they have no way to put Iran in the third group envisioned by an NPT review.
"This group of countries would have no way to the doomsday to enjoy the full nuclear program by themselves, but would always depend on more powerful countries' help to acquire the basics for their peaceful nuclear activities," according to Yari.
Now, expecting a final agreement, Iran, the 6 powers, and the world community in general are heading toward a win-win situation, the expert says.
He added that the final deal may not be a full-blown victory for Iran, but as the Islamic Republic's least demands are objectified, there will be some gain for the country, as there is gain also for the world community, since they have chosen to trust Iran.
Following the 10-year period of limited nuclear activity and close IAEA inspection which is part of the final deal, Iran would have the chance to engage in more intimate cooperation with the world, whereby it could pursue more gain from the peace pact it will have made with the powers, Yari concluded.
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Mehdi Sepahvand is Trend Agency's journalist in Iran, follow him on Twitter: @mehdisepahvand