Iran’s foreign ministry may legally pursue Ahmadinejad’s nuclear claims

Iran’s foreign ministry may legally pursue Ahmadinejad’s nuclear claims

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 27

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iran's foreign ministry has warned former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2005-2013) that his accusations against foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif can be pursued legally.

The foreign ministry's public relations department has expressed regret over the accusing Zarif of "spreading lies" and announced that the claim can be pursued in a "suitable time," the official website of the foreign ministry said May 26.

The office of Ahmadinejad published a statement on May 26 in which accused Zarif of spreading lies upon his comments that the ex-president permitted the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to interview the Iranian nuclear scientists.

The statement of the Ahmadinejad office said that protecting the nuclear rights of the Iranian people was a principle policy during the time of Ahmadinejad's administration and the former president himself banned any meeting or interview of IAEA or any other international organization with Iranian nuclear scientists.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Javad Zarif has announced that alongside with conducting interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists the IAEA inspectors even visited some disputed centers and places during the Ahmadinejad term.

Last week, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared that Tehran would never allow any inspection of its military sites or interview with its nuclear scientists under any nuclear deal with the P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany).

Iran and the P5+1 reached a mutual understanding on Tehran's nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2. The parties have agreed to finalize a comprehensive deal on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by the end of June.

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