Conclusion of Nuclear Talks “An Important Step”

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Leader of the Islamic Republic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says some members of the P5+1 group are not reliable, calling on Iranian authorities to exercise vigilance in the face of possible violation of the recent conclusion of nuclear talks.

The Leader further thanked the Iranian nuclear negotiating team for their hard work throughout the talks, saying the conclusion of nuclear negotiations constitutes “an important step.”

Ayatollah Khamenei further said the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) must be carefully reviewed and go through the foreseen legal channels, stressing that no room should be given to possible breaches by the opposite sides if the text is approved.

“You are well aware that some of the six states in the opposite side are not trustworthy at all,” the Leader added.

The Iranian president also hailed Iran’s diplomatic victory in the nuclear talks with the P5+1, saying such a victory was achieved when big powers realized that they are not able to hinder the Islamic Republic’s progress in the area of nuclear science and technology.

The Iranian chief executive further expressed gratitude to Ayatollah Khamenei for his unwavering support for the Iranian nuclear team all through the lengthy negotiations, describing the nation’s unity as well as the negotiating team's commitment to the guidelines set by the Leader as the key to the great achievement.

Iran’s recent success thwarted the enemies’ attempts to promote the Iranophobia campaign and strengthened the Islamic Republic’s status in the international arena, Rouhani said.

The Iranian President said with the conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, the West’s wrong perception of the Islamic Republic has changed.

"My understanding is that ... a page has turned in the history of Iran," President Rouhani said, adding that the conclusion showed that the negative image of Iran that had been portrayed in the West has now changed.

Rouhani said the Western governments viewed Iran as a threat to the peace and stability of the region and the world and never wanted to benefit from Iran’s power for settling regional and international issues.

The Iranian president said that the mere participation of Iran in diplomatic efforts to settle the nuclear issue should be viewed as a "legal, political and technical" victory for the country as it showed that the Islamic Republic is ready to engage in high-level negotiations on major issues.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on all members of the P5+1 group to work for the implementation of the measures on which all sides have reached a conclusion through nuclear negotiations.

“We are happy that we reached a win-win outcome in the negotiations,” Rouhani said, adding that "it is necessary for all members of the P5+1 group to make effort for the implementation of the next steps of the agreement.”

The Iranian president also appreciated the constructive role of Britain during the negotiations, saying, “Commitment of both sides to fulfilling their obligations is the most important factor for the success of the executive process of the negotiations."

He further referred to the relations between Iran and Britain, saying, “We seek relations based on mutual respect and interest, and I think there exists the necessary potential to rebuild relations between Iran and Britain.”

Rouhani also referred to violence perpetrated by ISIL and other terrorist groups in the Middle East as “a pressing and dangerous issue” for the region.

He mentioned Iran’s role in stabilizing the region and fighting against terrorism, stressing that if countries "do not do all within their power in fighting terrorism, this ominous phenomenon will afflict many countries, including those in Europe.”

The Iranian president also highlighted the suffering of Yemeni people in the face of the Saudi aggression against their country, saying that the Saudi bombardment of “innocent people is not acceptable" to Iran.

The Iranian President also said “the win-win” conclusion of Iran’s nuclear talks, whose latest rounds were hosted by Austria, could pave the way for better Tehran-Vienna ties.

President Rouhani said that the nuclear accord announced earlier this week in Vienna was associated with the European country, which he described as “a good host” for global talks.

“Doubtlessly, the Iranian nuclear agreement with the global powers is a win-win accord for all the negotiating sides,” said the Iranian president, adding that it “will lay the groundwork for the expansion of ties between Tehran and Vienna.”

President Rouhani further hailed an upcoming visit by Fischer, saying it could mark a “new stage” in the mutual cooperation between the two countries.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said Iran is to step into trade on peaceful nuclear technology following years of research and development in the nuclear industry.

The conclusion of talks over Tehran’s nuclear program proved that sanctions were a nonstarter, Zarif further said, adding all cruel sanctions against Tehran will be lifted based on the text of the conclusion.

The head of the Iranian negotiating delegation said Iran showed that it will stand up to sanctions, but has flexibility when it comes to talks. 

Zarif described the talks as very "tough," but stressed that all red lines set by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei were observed in the negotiations.

He also thanked the Leader, the negotiating team, the Iranian nation and media for their support through the talks.  

The Iranian Foreign Minister also said that Israel benefits from conflict and that peace threatens the Israeli regime’s existence.

“In order to cover up its crimes as well as inhuman and barbarous policies toward regional nations, Israel exploits disagreements and conflicts,” Zarif said.

The Iranian foreign minister, who was speaking after the conclusion of a historic agreement between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1, said, “Peace threatens the existence of the Zionist regime (Israel).”

Zarif said extremism and sectarian conflicts are the two major challenges the region is grappling with.

He said, “Two years of diplomacy and respect proved more effective than years of enmity and hatred.”

“The world has changed; and now respect and diplomacy are the two main keys to the resolution of problems and disagreements,” he said.

“I declare to our brothers in Arab countries that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to join hands with them and fight against common challenges,” the top Iranian diplomat said.

The Iranian Foreign Minister also said following the recent conclusion of nuclear talks, there exists the possibility for Iran and the P5+1 to address "common challenges" including the ISIL Takfiri threat in the region.

Zarif said that the joint fight against the ISIL terrorist group can be part of a possible broader cooperation, which may include the fields of trade and finance, between the two sides.

The agreement leads to cooperation in "common challenges... that threaten our region and beyond like extremism and Daesh,” said Zarif.

It would have been "irrational" for the West to have lost this "opportunity to start a new and different type of engagement," he added, referring to the conclusion of the nuclear talks.

The conclusion “provides a way out of a very unsuccessful policy of trying to impose pressure on Iran,” Zarif added.

Zarif went on to say that a resolution, which is due to be passed by United Nations Security Council regarding the conclusion of the talks, will include the JCPOA as an attachment.

“They have found that 30 something years of pressure on Iran didn’t work and produced the exactly opposite results and two years of negotiations in respect for Iran produced exactly the opposite and could lead to an agreement,” the Iranian foreign minister noted.

The Iranian Foreign Minister has also said that the use of coercive rhetoric against the country will never bear any results.

Zarif said, “This is a test for us to see whether the United States is ready to deal with realities, to set aside this language of coercion and force.”

“I think the United States would do itself a lot of good if it abandoned this language. I mean, the actual use of force by the United States has not paid any dividends, neither for US policy nor for the American people. It has only cost you as taxpayers a lot of money,” said the top Iranian diplomat.

“It is extremely important to start recognizing that the Iranian people have two qualities: they resist pressure, but they respond very positively to respect,” he added.

Regarding the improvement of its relations with Persian Gulf littoral states following the nuclear agreement, Zarif said the enhancement of relations with Persian Gulf countries has always been a central plank of Iran's foreign policy.

“Iran can only prosper in a stable and prosperous neighborhood. For us, security in both the Central Asian and Caucasus region, as well as in the Persian Gulf region and in Turkey, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, is extremely important,” Zarif said.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) also said the country will press ahead with its peaceful nuclear work following the conclusion of nuclear talks between Tehran and the P5+1.

"From now on, Iran's nuclear activities will continue with a vengeance, particularly in the field of constructing nuclear power plants," Ali Akbar Salehi said.

Salehi said Iran has already reached agreements with Russia on the construction of two new nuclear power plants, adding that Tehran is likely to clinch deals with China on building two small nuclear power stations in Iran in the near future.

Earlier in May, Salehi said that Tehran and Moscow were set to construct two 1,000-megawatt plants in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr.

Ali Akbar Salehi, described the conclusion of Iran’s nuclear talks as a big achievement, saying it will go down in history.

Echoing the foreign minister's comments regarding Iran's bid to enter nuclear trade, Salehi said that Iran will continue its peaceful nuclear program and take giant steps in the nuclear industry.

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