A senior Iranian lawmaker has described the outcome of recent talks in Tehran between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as satisfactory. “Although the two sides - Tehran and the IAEA - were satisfied with the results of the negotiations, the US imposed a new round of anti-Iran sanctions which are outside the framework of the UN Security Council resolutions,” Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee chief, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said on Sunday.
“The United States imposes bans on Iran based on its hostile policies against our nation. But the Islamic Republic of Iran has always turned such threats into opportunities, and taken advantage of them,” Boroujerdi pointed out.“The US and the West aim to halt Iran’s nuclear energy program with sanctions but our country makes decisions based on the agency's regulations and within the framework of its national interests,” he added. On December 13, top Iranian and IAEA officials including Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh and the body’s deputy director general, Herman Nackaerts, held bilateral talks on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program. Iran and the world body last held talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna on August 24. Iran has repeatedly voiced its readiness for negotiations based on mutual respect while maintaining that it will never give up its inalienable right to nuclear technology. MP/HGH/SS