Tuesday Jan 28, 201401:12 PM GMT
Maintaining peaceful N-program top Iran agenda: Official
File photo shows two Iranian engineers at Natanz uranium enrichment facility.
File photo shows two Iranian engineers at Natanz uranium enrichment facility.

Maintaining Iran’s peaceful nuclear program tops the country’s agenda in the negotiations with world powers, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says.

“The path that has been taken is that of maintaining the nuclear know-how, which we have achieved through our indigenous capabilities, that is irreversible,” Marziyeh Afkham said during her weekly press briefing in Tehran on Tuesday.

Referring to the recent statements by US officials about the dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear facilities, the Iranian official said that one-sided interpretations and readings of the Joint Action Plan - the interim agreement between Iran and six world powers - are legally unacceptable.

Afkham stressed, however, that, “The Joint Action Plan is our yardstick,” which we are moving toward turning it into a final agreement.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also slammed Washington’s efforts to distort Tehran’s commitments in the Geneva deal, saying Iran “did not agree to dismantle anything” as part of the agreement.

“We are not dismantling any centrifuges; we’re not dismantling any equipment; we’re simply not producing, not enriching over five percent,” Zarif said on January 22.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, Britain, Russia, France and China - plus Germany sealed an interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24.

The agreement aims to pave the way for the full resolution of the decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

Under the Geneva nuclear deal, Iran has agreed as a confidence-building measure to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities and the six countries have undertaken to provide the Islamic Republic with some sanctions relief.

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