No sanctions can affect Iran’s resolve: Iranian MP
An Iranian lawmaker has dismissed claims that Iran will engage in another round of talks with the P5+1 group as a result of sanctions, saying no pressure can affect the Islamic Republic’s determination.
Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesman for the Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said on Saturday, “Iran has never left the negotiating table to come back to the talks under the West’s pressures and sanctions.”
On February 13, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said that the pressure of sanctions has been instrumental in bringing Iran back to the negotiating table, adding, “But sanctions cannot be an end in themselves.”
The Iranian legislator added that it was a wrong viewpoint that Iran would resume talks with the P5+1 because of pressure. He said the P5+1 was unwilling to negotiate with Iran as it made excuses for the date and venue of the talks.
The Iranian nation would not retreat from its rights despite the unfair pressures and sanctions, Naqavi Hosseini said.
He added that Iran has always acted in accordance with legal and international principles. Naqavi Hosseini urged the P5+1 to show its determination to achieve results in the talks.
Iran and the P5+1 group – China, Russia, France, Britain, the US and Germany – are scheduled to resume their talks in the Kazakh city of Almaty on February 26. The last round of the negotiations was held in Moscow in June 2012.
The United States, the Israeli regime and some of their allies have falsely accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran vehemently rejects the allegation and argues that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
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