Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has lambasted the UN nuclear agency’s stance on the latest round of talks between Tehran and the six major world powers (P5+1), saying Iran will not give time to the US for new adventurism.
Addressing a Majlis open session on Sunday, Larijani said Westerners are seemingly looking for excuses in the talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain and the US - plus Germany, which mainly focus on Iran’s nuclear energy program.
“They should not do anything that compels the Islamic Republic to revise its interactive course,” Larijani added.
Following recent Iran-P5+1 talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and some others made remarks that not only failed to help the process of negotiations but can actually be seen as an attempt to create obstacles in the path of the talks, he noted.
The top Iranian parliamentarian stated that Majlis is following talks between Iran and the P5+1 and considers the next round of negotiations as “a test of whether to weigh another option.”
On Thursday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali 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.
Larijani further pointed out that Westerners should know that their “carrot-and-stick” approach is not effective anymore.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly announced that our plan [is based on] the use of peaceful nuclear technology within the framework of the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons),” the Majlis speaker said.
The latest round of the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 was held in Almaty on February 26-27. The two sides agreed to convene again in the Kazakh city on April 5-6 to continue the talks after holding expert-level talks in the Turkish city of Istanbul on March 17-18.
Addressing a routine meeting of the IAEA's Board of Governors at the body’s headquarters in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on March 4, the agency’s chief Yukiya Amano said that he was "unable to report any progress" in the body's talks with Tehran over its nuclear energy program.
He urged Iran to give international inspectors swift access to the Parchin military site located in the south of Tehran, saying, “Providing access to the Parchin site would be a positive step which would help to demonstrate Iran’s willingness to engage with the agency on the substance of our concerns.”
Iran has vehemently dismissed allegations about clandestine nuclear activities at its Parchin military site. The IAEA inspectors have so far visited the site two times.
“Parchin is a military site and continues its own specific activities without having anything to do with [Iran’s] nuclear work,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on January 15.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry also said on March 4 that there is a “finite amount of time” available for talks between Iran and the P5+1.
The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have accused Iran of pursuing nuclear energy activities to covertly build atomic weapons.
Using the false allegation, Washington and the European Union have imposed several rounds of illegal unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.