P5+1 must recognize Iran’s nuclear rights: Mehmanparast
Press TV -(Tue Apr 9, 2013) Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has urged the P5+1 group of world powers to recognize the Islamic Republic’s nuclear rights and take confidence-building measures with Tehran in order to prove their sincerity in talks with Tehran.
“The 5+1 group must recognize our country’s nuclear rights and take measures to prove they have stopped [their] enmity against our nation,” Ramin Mehmanparast said in his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
He reiterated that the Islamic Republic will use its nuclear capabilities for peaceful purposes and the development of the country.
Pointing to the recent round of the talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) in Kazakhstan, the Iranian official said the outcome of the talks depends on the actions of the group.
Iran and the P5+1 wrapped up their latest round of negotiations on April 6 in Almaty.
Speaking at a press conference after the talks, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili said extensive and comprehensive talks were held to address an action plan proposed by Tehran based on the group’s response to proposals made in previous negotiations.
Jalili said representatives from the P5+1 group sought clarification and raised many questions about the plan and received answers in full detail.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who represents the group of six powers, said in a press conference on Saturday that the two sides “remain far apart on the substance” of the talks.
However, she added, “Indeed, we have talked in much greater detail than ever before, and our efforts will continue in that direction.”
Tehran and the P5+1 have held several rounds of talks mainly over Iran’s nuclear energy program. The previous round of the talks took place in Almaty on February 26-27.
The US, Israel and some of their allies falsely claim that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the claim as pretext to impose illegal sanctions against Iran.
Tehran rejects the allegation over its nuclear energy activities, maintaining that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Attack on Iranian diplomat’s residence in Egypt
Commenting on the recent attack on the residence of Iran’s charge d’affaires to Egypt Mojtaba Amani, Mehmanparast said, “Certain political currents are not happy with the close relations between Iran and Egypt, but they are few and their opposition does not indicate the will and the intention of the Egyptian government and nation.”
He added that unity between Iran and Egypt benefits the region while any kind of instability and insecurity serves the interests of the Israeli regime.
On April 5, a crowd of protesters attacked the residence of Amani in a suburb of the capital, Cairo, in protest at the warming relations between the two countries.
The crowd staged the protest in front of Amani’s residence and tried to scale the walls and break into the building, but was blocked by the police.
According to Amani, the crowd mostly comprised Salafi supporters as well as the supporters of the militants fighting in Syria.
Iran severed its diplomatic ties with Egypt after the 1979 Islamic Revolution because Egypt signed the Camp David Accords with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran’s deposed monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Bilateral relations, however, have been on the mend following the 2011 Egyptian revolution that resulted in the ouster of the country’s dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
In August 2012, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi visited Iran to attend a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). It was the first visit of an Egyptian president to Iran in more than three decades.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also visited Egypt in February to attend the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as the first Iranian head of state to visit Egypt in 34 years.
IRNA -(Tue Apr 9, 2013) P5+1 should recognize Iranˈs nuclear rights, make confidence-building moves
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that 5+1 member states should recognize Iranˈs legitimate nuclear rights and prove that they have stopped their hostility against the Iranian nation.
Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference, he said Tehran ˈis waiting for the P5+1 next moves to prove its honesty towards the Iranian nation.ˈ
Referring to the latest round of talks between Iran and the sextet including US, Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany in Kazakhstanˈs capital, Almaty, on April 5-6, Mehmanparast quoted Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili as saying that the talks were good adding that officials of the P5+1 member states also confirmed it.
ˈThe talks were direct and serious and the two sides discussed issues in detail during the negotiations,ˈ stressed the spokesman.
He noted that during the meetings, the P5+1 member states said they needed more time to consult the issue with their capitals and said they would inform Iranˈs top nuclear negotiator of the result of their consultations.
Fars NA -(Tue Apr 9, 2013) FM Spokesman Urges G5+1 to Recognize Iran’s N. Rights
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast called on the six world powers (the US, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany) to show they are honest in their talks with Iran by recognizing the latter’s indispensible right to make use of the peaceful nuclear technology.
The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman made the remarks in his weekly press conference attended by Iranian and foreign journalists in Tehran on Tuesday.
Mehman-Parast pointed to the recent four rounds and two days of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 in Almaty last week, and said, “We are waiting for the Group 5+1’s next moves to prove its honesty towards the Iranian nation.”
Last week, Iran and the six world powers wrapped up their 4th round of talks after two days of intensive negotiations in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The Iranian team was led by Jalili, who is also the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), and the G5+1’s representatives were presided by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Iran had announced a day prior to the start of the talks that it would enter the negotiations with the G5+1 with clear, groundbreaking proposals.
Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the NPT would encourage the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West’s hardline stance on Tehran.
Iran is under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West’s calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment. The United States and the European Union have ratcheted up their sanctions on Iran this year to force it to curb its nuclear program.
Iranian officials have always shrugged off the sanctions, saying that pressures make them strong and reinvigorate their resolve to further move towards self-sufficiency.