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P5+1 must meet Iran legitimate demands: Lawmaker
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Representatives of the P5+1 and Iran's negotiating team attend a meeting in the Russian capital city of Moscow, June 18, 2012.
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The Islamic Republic of Iran still insists on resolving the [nuclear energy] issue through diplomatic ways and is ready for negotiations.”

Iranian lawmaker Ebrahim Nekou

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An Iranian lawmaker says the success of the future talks between Iran and the six major world powers (P5+1) depends on meeting the country’s legitimate demands to use nuclear energy for peaceful objectives.


“The Islamic Republic of Iran still insists on resolving the [nuclear energy] issue through diplomatic ways and is ready for negotiations,” Ebrahim Nekou told IRNA on Saturday.

He added that Iran still remains committed to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Nekou noted that instead of recognizing Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful aims, the US and the West are pursuing the approaches of pressure and sanctions, and emphasized that such policies has led to the fruitlessness of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 - China, Russia, France, Britain, the US and Germany.

The Iranian legislator noted that the sanctions have caused problems for countries which imposed them on Iran.

Instead of imposing sanctions, the US and the West must think of ways to resolve the nuclear energy issue through talks, Nekou pointed out.

He said that if the US and its allies take steps towards a peaceful solution to the nuclear energy issue and respect the Islamic Republic’s rightful demands, the Iran-P5+1 talks would achieve results on a win-win basis.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

On August 30, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asserted Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful objectives, expressing hope that Tehran and the P5+1 would hold positive talks in the future.

The UN chief said every country has the right to use peaceful nuclear energy, and stressed the importance of building confidence and mutual good will between Iran and the P5+1.

The deputies to Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton held day-long talks in the Turkish city of Istanbul on July 24.

The meeting between Ali Baqeri and Helga Schmid was held three weeks after Iran and the P5+1 held expert-level talks on July 3 in Istanbul with the participation of representatives and experts from both sides.

The two sides had already agreed to hold the expert-level talks during their negotiations in the Russian capital, Moscow, in June.

At the heart of the Moscow negotiations was Iran’s nuclear energy program, with Tehran reiterating its inalienable right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.

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