A top Iranian nuclear negotiator says the country’s proposal tabled in the latest talks between Tehran and the six world powers in Geneva is aimed at protecting the Islamic Republic’s peaceful nuclear rights.
“The defined goal is that we safeguard our nuclear rights; both [uranium] enrichment and production, and that the other side is assured that our use of nuclear energy is peaceful and, in return, the sanctions are totally lifted,” Abbas Araqchi was quoted as saying by Spokesman of Majlis (Iran’s Parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Mansour Haqiqatpour on Sunday.
Araqchi, who is the Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, made the comments while briefing the Majlis committee on the two-day discussions between Iran and the six powers -- the US, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany -- in Geneva on October 15-16.
On the first day of the closed-door negotiations, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif presented Tehran’s new proposal titled “Closing an Unnecessary Crisis, Opening New Horizons” to the participants. The two sides have agreed to keep the details of the proposal confidential for the time being.
The Iranian diplomat further told the Majlis body that the Islamic Republic “has not made any commitments” during the Geneva talks, stressing, “We will never negotiate the red lines of the [Islamic] establishment.”
“Araqchi stated that the [Iranian] negotiating team strongly emphasizes the country and the nation’s inalienable rights and feels obliged to protect them,” said the Iranian lawmaker, adding that he strongly rejected some Israeli media reports about the content of Iran’s nuclear talks with the six powers.
Tehran and the six powers have agreed to meet again in Geneva on November 7-8. Sanction and nuclear experts of the two sides will meet before the next round of talks in the Swiss city.