Cautious approach to nuclear talks necessary: Iran Speaker
Press TV -(Sun Oct 20, 2013) Iran Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has warned the West against mounting pressure on Tehran during the nuclear talks, stressing the importance of a cautious approach to the negotiations.
“In diplomacy, particularly with regards to the country’s nuclear issue, it is said that confidence-building measures must be taken. Necessary caution should be exercised on this issue,” Larijani said on Sunday.
He added that the world is suffering from injustice which can be seen in the double-standard approaches taken by the world powers, and the US injustice to Iran and other Muslim countries in the form of waging wars and imposing dictatorships.
“It is necessary to apply general regulations to Iran’s nuclear issue. Iran is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and has also joined the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty). No specific regulations should be formulated for Iran in this regard. The observation of these regulations is the criterion for talks,” the Majlis speaker pointed out.
Larijani further stated that Majlis would approve necessary legislation on diversifying Iran’s nuclear activities if it sees the other side follows a double-standard approach and unjustified behavior.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany held two days of negotiations on October 15-16 over Tehran’s nuclear energy program behind closed doors in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Both Iran and the six major world powers sounded an upbeat note following the meetings, where Tehran tabled its proposals to end the nuclear standoff. They agreed to meet again in Geneva on November 7-8.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the unsubstantiated claim as an excuse to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.
Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, stressing that as a committed member of the IAEA and a signatory to the NPT, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes