Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei says the negotiations between Iran and the six major world powers of the P5+1 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, achieved “partial” success, as the group pursued a more realistic approach to Iran’s nuclear issue.
“In this round of talks, the P5+1 group tried to have a more realistic view of the [Iranian] nuclear issue and the Islamic Republic’s expectations,” Khazaei told IRNA on Saturday.
He added that paying heed to the recognition of the Iranian nation’s rights in line with the regulations of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the Islamic Republic’s opposition to any nuclear weaponry based on the religious decree of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution can contribute to the success of the future talks and lead to tangible outcomes.
On February 22, 2012, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Iran considers the pursuit and possession of nuclear weapons “a grave sin” from every logical, religious and theoretical standpoint.
The Leader described the proliferation of nuclear weapons as “senseless, destructive and dangerous,” adding that the Iranian nation has never sought and will never seek atomic bombs as the country already has the conventional capacity to challenge the nuclear powers.
The Iranian envoy further said that the P5+1 group’s realistic approach to the great technical capabilities of Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program and the country’s expectations are the conditions necessary for the achievement of further progress in the upcoming negotiations.
It is very important to pay attention to the fact that Iran has no extralegal expectations or any expectations outside the framework of NPT regulations, Khazaei pointed out.
He warned that the Iranian nation would never bow down to illegal and inhumane pressure to relinquish its national rights.
Iran and the P5+1 - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany - held their latest round of talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on February 26 and 27.
Both sides agreed to convene in Almaty again on April 5-6 for the next round of negotiations after holding expert-level talks in the Turkish city of Istanbul on March 17-18.
On Thursday, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the West’s track record of disregarding its own agreements and statements and noted that the next round of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group will be a test of Western sincerity.