Iran’s needs to determine enrichment restriction: Araqchi
Press TV -(Sat Dec 21, 2013) A top Iranian nuclear negotiator says the country’s needs will determine uranium enrichment restriction in the final agreement over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
“In the final solution, if both sides agree and based on Iran’s needs the restriction level in [uranium] enrichment will be determined,” Abbas Araqchi said in an interview on Saturday.
On November 24, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany inked an interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva to set the stage for the full resolution of the dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
As part of the Geneva deal, it was agreed that in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, it would be provided with a certain amount of sanctions relief and no more nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on the country for six months.
Araqchi, who is also the Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said Iran would accept downgrading its level of uranium enrichment as a confidence-building measure.
He added that the final step of the Geneva deal would have a time-frame which needed to be agreed upon by both sides in future talks.
Araqchi said that according to the Geneva deal, after the implementation of the final step, the Iranian nuclear energy program would be normalized without any restrictions.