Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani stressed that pressures and sanctions may not affect Iran’s progress and activities in the field of nuclear technology. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held at Natanz enrichment center Monday for announcing Iran’s success in gaining full access to nuclear fuel production know-how at industrial scale, Larijani said that during his talks with the EU Foreign Policy Chief, Javier Solana, the two sides had agreed on setting a date in a future phone conversation for the resumption of talks.
“They have told us that they recognize our rights,” he added.
The official further underlined that his country would continue its peaceful nuclear activities, and warned, “They (the counterparty in Iran’s nuclear issue) may deal a blow to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and if we are faced with their tough wording, we may come under the pressure of the Islamic Consultative Assembly for changing our attitude (towards the other side).”
Larijani, who is also Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), voiced Tehran’s willingness for the start of logical negotiations and a stable condition in relation to Iran’s nuclear issue, and said Solana has voiced his enthusiasm for the resumption of constructive talks.
“But negotiations will be effective only if they are not artificial,” he continued.
“Solana took positive steps during the last round of talks between the two sides, but certain actors blocked his efforts. There are many intruders and trouble-makers in the international arena,” Larijani reminded.