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Supreme Leader's Aide Reaffirms Iran’s Firm Stance on N. Rights

Politics - Supreme leader's top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined that the Iranian nation will not withdraw even an iota from its inalienable nuclear rights.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not back down an iota from its nuclear rights and these talks (between Iran and the six major world powers) will continue in case of the opposite party’s goodwill,” Velayati stressed on Friday.

On Friday, in an interview with the energy portal ENERGLOBE, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a final deal with the world powers on Tehran's nuclear program can be obtained within six months if there is good will.

"We want the issue of course to be resolved based on preserving our rights but we believe it is quite possible to reach an agreement within a six-month period, provided all sides come to the negotiations in good faith," the top Iranian diplomat said.

Pointing to the nuclear talks between Iran and the Group5+1 (US, Russia, China, France, Britain plus Germany), Zarif reiterated his country's seriousness about the negotiations.

Iran and the G5+1 are scheduled to hold the next round of their nuclear talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on February 18.

The meeting will come in light of the implementation of an interim nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers which was clinched in the Swiss city of Geneva last November.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities as a confidence-building measure, and the world powers undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief and release more than $4bln of Tehran’s oil revenues.

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