P5+1 must recognize Iran's peaceful nuclear activities: Mehmanparast
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been under pressure and sanctions since the onset of the Islamic Revolution, but it has tried to use these sanctions as an opportunity and promote its indigenous knowledge.”
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says the P5+1 - the US, Britain, France, China, Russia, plus Germany - must recognize Tehran's peaceful nuclear program in the forthcoming talks as the country will not budge from its position.
Speaking to the reporters in his weekly briefing on Tuesday, Ramin Mehmanparast emphasized that Iran is entitled to any nuclear activity which is considered peaceful.
“It is quite clear what level of uranium enrichment is peaceful and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials are also aware of this,” he said.
The Iranian official stated that positive steps have been taken with regard to Iran's nuclear program and if the P5+1 drop its illogical demands, it would be a step forward.
“[Both sides] should follow the path of constructive talks to get their views close in Moscow [negotiations] or in subsequent talks and pave the way for further cooperation,” he added.
Mehmanparast stated that the member states of the P5+1 should not enter Moscow negotiations with wrong ideas.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has been under pressure and sanctions since the onset of the Islamic Revolution, but it has tried to use these sanctions as an opportunity and promote its indigenous knowledge,” he said.
Iran and the P5+1 restarted multifaceted talks, which focused on Tehran's nuclear energy program, in Istanbul on April 14, 2012, after a 15-month hiatus.
Tehran and the P5+1 had already held two rounds of talks, first in Geneva in December 2010, and then in Istanbul in January 2011.
The second round of new talks between the two sides opened in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, on May 23, after which the negotiators agreed to continue the next round of talks in Russia’s capital, Moscow, on June 18-19.
The US and the EU accuse Iran of diversion toward military goals in its nuclear energy program and have imposed international and unilateral sanctions on Tehran using such claims as pretext.
Tehran says as a committed member of IAEA and a signatory to Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is entitled to all peaceful uses of nuclear energy.