10 Mar 2014
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Zarif: US not opposing enrichment
» Service: Politics - Foreign Policy
TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US does not oppose enrichment right of countries, adding that Iran does not need recognition of its enrichment right, because it possesses such a right based on the NPT.
Asked about the US officials' remarks that they would not recognize 'inherent right' of any country for enrichment, he said, "These remarks do not mean that countries are not entitled to enrich uranium. It is different from our position based on which enrichment is our inseparable right. It does not mean that they are against Iran's enrichment and do not recognize it."
"Iran's enrichment right does not need recognition, because it is an inseparable right based on the NPT. What we expect is respecting parts of this right," Zarif told ISNA.
He further added Iran has practiced its enrichment rights over past years, but this right has not been respected but violated because of sanctions imposed against the country.
Zarif further added that the world powers need to lift sanctions and embargo imposed against Iran, and respect its rights.
"We believe that Iran's enrichment right is nonnegotiable and there is no necessity to recognize it as a right, because it is an inseparable right which should be respected by all sides."
Commenting on any request by the G5+1 from Iran to stop enrichment during talks, he said, "We have not heard it during talks with G5+1. No one wants pause in enrichment. The issue has not been demanded by any side in general."
He refused to discuss details of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, and said Iran has announced it would conduct enrichment but it is discussing ways, howness and sites of enrichment with the 6 countries.
Elsewhere, regarding agreement between Iran and G5+1, he said, any agreement should cover agreements on shared goals as well as initial and final phases.
"If we do not agree on the goal and the final phase, our measures in the initial phase would not make confidence."
Meanwhile, on the future of nuclear talks between Iran and G5+1, he said, "I think that there is no serious disagreement on shared goal and the final perspective," as expressing the hope that it is possible for the two sides to reach a complete plan, and all delegations are hopeful for reaching an agreement.
"The seriousness of all sides in finalizing the agreed deal should be investigated and studied in the first phase. But now I can't see any reason to be pessimist about seriousness of the sides in recording agreed issues."
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