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Iran says 5+1 actions will determine future decisions


The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council says the 5+1 group must revise its approach toward Iran if it wants a “continuation of talks.”

Any development in dealings between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) in the future “will be determined by the other side’s behavior,” SNSC Secretary Saeed Jalili told reporters in Tehran on Saturday.

Jalili, who is Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, said more than a year has passed since Iran and the 5+1 group met in Geneva, and during this time the West has been putting pressure on Tehran to abandon its nuclear program, but he noted that the inefficiency of this strategy has become “more evident than before.”

“Fifteen months have passed since the last talks. During this period, the negotiating party, by adopting a wrong strategy called pressure

[strategy], has taken a path whose its futile and costly nature is now more evident than before,” Jalili explained.

He said Iran’s “legitimate” right to nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes and its ability to offset sanctions has become “clearer than ever.”

“The legitimacy of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s logic and rights and its undeniable capacities have become clearer than ever.”

He added, “Their pressure strategy has not only been inefficient, costly, and useless, it has also led to a big scandal -- a scandal serving terrorism.”

Jalili was referring to the terrorist attacks on two nuclear scientists in Tehran on Monday morning in which one was martyred and another injured.

Tehran has complained, asking why the names of its nuclear experts have been revealed by the IAEA and the UN Security Council.

“Inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency have announced the names of (Iranian) scientists and the UN Security Council has listed them in its resolutions. The scientists have been assassinated in an attempt to implement the resolutions -- a big scandal for the Security Council and the international body must be held accountable before the international community.

“Terror is a sign of the failure of the pressure strategy. The assassination of Dr. Majid Shahriari on the one hand cancels out the pressure strategy and on the other strongly supports the legitimate right of the Iranian people and the values of the Islamic Revolution.”

Jalili said Tehran welcomes the 5+1 group’s decision to return to the negotiating table after it realized that the sanctions strategy toward Tehran is “doomed to failure.”

“We, however, welcome talks now that the negotiating party

[the 5+1 group] has realized its strategy is doomed to failure, but it is not enough for moving on this path. They

[the 5+1 group] have to put aside their previous wrong strategy and double standards if they seek the continuation of talks.”

Jalili also reminded the West that as it has been proven in the previous rounds of talks in Geneva, Iran will not negotiate on its inalienable right to nuclear technology meant for civilian uses.

“As we did not negotiate our people’s rights during the first and second rounds of talks in Geneva, we once again underline that the Iranian nation’s rights must be upheld and are not negotiable.”

He went on to say that Iran is now more prepared than ever to enter talks with the major powers with a reliance on logic.

In its package of proposals presented to the West last July, Iran put forward some suggestions ranging from the dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and the peaceful use of nuclear technology to economic cooperation.

“We have questions and suggestions which were clearly mentioned in our letter dated July 6,” he stated.

“Any future decision will be determined by the other side’s behavior,” he added.

Sources: tehrantimes.com

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