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No Resolution to Nuclear Issue Except Dialogue

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers have ruffled the feathers of one aggressive and occupying regime, whose existence hinges on belligerence.

Rouhani stated that the Tel Aviv regime is constantly worried about the establishment of peace and stability in the Middle East, and Israeli authorities support the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front terrorist network regardless of all crimes the group is committing.

Those seeking a better future for the region and the world, should realize that there is no path to regional development and progress other than establishment of stability and security, President Rouhani said, adding that there is no solution to the nuclear issue except for dialogue.

The Iranian president further stated that world nations, including Americans, are vigilant enough to understand that a regime whose job is war-mongering could never give them any piece of advice.

Rouhani was referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s anti-Iran speech at the US Congress, where he called on Washington not to negotiate “a very bad deal” with Tehran.

“The regime, which has been after atomic weapons, has already produced nuclear bombs and stockpiled a large number of the bombs in defiance of international law and unseen by international observers as it does not allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to oversee its nuclear facilities by refraining from signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” Rouhani said.

The Iranian president also touched on nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries – Britain, France, China, Russia, and the United States plus Germany – stating that Tehran is open to more transparency during the course of the talks, but does not agree to a deal that divests the Iranian nation of its inalienable rights.

“The world is happy with the progress being made during Iran and the P5+1 negotiations as the outcome of this breakthrough and accord will be beneficial to the region, world, development, trade, economy and culture as well as the resolution of issues and threats that have given rise to extremism in the region and the world,” Rouhani highlighted.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also said that the West, especially the United States, must choose between reaching a nuclear deal with Iran or continuation of sanctions, as these two cannot go hand in hand.

Zarif said if the West really seeks to reach an agreement with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program, there is no need to continue with sanctions.

The Iranian top diplomat further noted that a serious problem on the way of an agreement is the great deal of pressure exerted by scaremongers, who are trying to create impediments on the way of negotiators.

Referring to the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries – the US, the UK, France, Germany, China and Russia – Zarif said the negotiating sides have made serious headway in this round of talks.

Explaining about Iran's red lines during negotiations, Zarif said, “Our red line is that we will not accept imposition. We will not accept trampling on the rights of our people. At the same time, we do not want anything more than what is legally ours and that is to move forward with a peaceful nuclear program and with the removal of international pressures against Iran.”

The Iranian foreign minister stated that although gaps still remain between negotiating sides by “We're not far from the final deal.”

Iran’s foreign minister said the Israeli prime minister is trying to have a disruptive effect on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear negotiations with world powers.

"But I don't think trying to create tension and conflict helps anybody,” the top Iranian diplomat noted.

Reflecting on the talks, Zarif also said "we're starting to move forward, but it's a lot of work.”

The Iranian Foreign Minister has also dismissed US President Barack Obama's recent comments on Iran as unacceptable, stressing that Tehran will not give in to excessive demands by the other side in the nuclear negotiations.

“It is clear that Mr. Obama’s comments are meant to win the US public opinion and counter the propaganda campaign by the Israeli Prime Minister and that of other radical parties opposed to the negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program,” Zarif said, describing the American president’s latest remarks on Iran as “unacceptable.”

“The remarks by Mr. Obama clearly point to the fact that the US, which has over the past decades, either directly or indirectly threatened the Islamic Republic of Iran and imposed many cruel and illegal sanctions [against the country], has come to the conclusion that the policy of threats and sanctions is a failed policy,” Zarif added.

Iran’s top diplomat further emphasized that neither threats nor sanctions could dent the country’s determination to develop peaceful nuclear technology.

Zarif said Iran entered into the talks with the P5+1 countries - the permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany - with an honest approach and will continue the negotiations to restore the Iranian nation’s rights.

Iran will not give in to excessive demands and irrational approaches by the opposite side, he stressed.

Iran's Foreign also slammed the West for ISIL crimes in Europe and the Middle East.

“Why quite a sizeable number of individuals and groups espousing extremist ideologies and engaged in acts of brutal terror and heinous violence, in Europe and on a much bigger scale in Iraq and Syria, happen to be second generation citizens of “Western democracies?” Zarif asked.

“It is frightening that Da’esh (ISIL) terrorists, beheading innocent civilians, speak European languages with native accent. The high rate of terrorist recruitment signifies a systematic failure, which has led to marginalization, alienation and disenfranchisement of individuals and groups born, raised and educated in Western democracies," he added.

He commended the UN agency for its efforts to establish peace in the world, but criticized the international body and some other regional and Western countries for politicizing all world issues and their double standard policies.

He added that such duplicitous approaches have stepped up the spread of acts of terrorism in the world.

The Iranian foreign minister also said Islamophobia is an insult to Muslim sanctities.

"We should thus join hands to contain, control and defeat Islamophobia as well as extremisms of other varieties," said the minister.

The Iranian foreign minister also declared Iran’s readiness to cooperate with the United Nations agencies in promoting the human rights.

The Iranian Parliament speaker also said the Israeli prime minister’s speech at the US Congress shows that the Tel Aviv regime is concerned about its waning power.  

“His very speech shows the regime’s frustration and concern, and it's no surprise that it is concerned because the regime’s power has been on the decline day by day over the past three decades,” Ali Larijani said.

Netanyahu’s speech proved that the Israeli regime’s main concern is not the Iranian nuclear program, but the Islamic Revolution’s growing influence in the Middle East, Larijani said.

He also described the hawkish Israeli premier’s speech as a “political show,” adding that the US Congress is serving the interests of a “tin-pot regime.” 

The Iranian official also warned against any military action against the Islamic Republic, saying Iran will give a crushing response to any act of aggression against the country. 

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has also called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to a joint session of the US Congress “Iranophobic” and part of Israeli hardliners’ electoral campaign.

Marziyeh Afkham called the speech a deceitful show and part of the hardliners’ political propaganda in Tel Aviv. 

Afkham said the address reflected the abject weakness and isolation of radical groups even among the supporters of the Israeli regime and their attempt to impose radical and illogical agendas upon the international politics.

She said “there is no doubt that the international opinion does not consider any value or standing for a child-killing regime” like Israel.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman further called the Israeli premier’s recurrent fabrication of lies about the intentions of Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program very platitudinous and tedious.

“With the continuation of nuclear talks and Iran’s serious will to diffuse the fabricated crisis over its nuclear energy program, Iranophobic policy has met with serious problems and the founders of such propaganda and the planners of the fake crisis have started struggling.”

The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman has also reiterated that it wants Western sanctions against the country lifted.

Marzieh Afkham said that the Islamic Republic reiterated its demand in the recent round of negotiations with the P5+1 group over Tehran's nuclear program that the Western bans against the country need to be removed.

No final deal will be made until all issues on the agenda of the talks are agreed upon, Afkham further quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying.

She also said "Iran has always rejected excessive demands in the nuclear talks,"

Afkham highlighted that Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and must enjoy its rights under the accord, including peaceful nuclear work.

Deputy foreign ministers of Iran and of the P5+1 countries will resume nuclear talks on Thursday, Afkham noted.

Elsewhere in her remarks, she pointed to the Iraqi army’s battle against terrorists, saying Iran “as a neighboring country has acted responsibly” and offered advisory assistance to the Iraqi government to help it fight terrorists.

She then turned to the disagreements between Egypt and the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, urging Cairo officials to hold talks with Hamas to settle their disputes.

On the situation in Yemen, Afkham underlined that Iran is against foreign interference in Yemen, saying a domestic solution is required to settle the problems in the country.

She then touched upon Iran's humanitarian assistance to Yemen, saying, "This is not the first time Iran is sending humanitarian aid to Yemen."

She also announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin is due in Iran in the near future.

*Photo Credit: ISNA