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President Rouhani: Iran Serious about Talks with Powers to Restore Rights

Politics - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran plans to continue talks with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) very seriously until it succeeds in restoring its inalienable nuclear rights.

"We will continue our (present) path in foreign policy and will seriously continue our negotiations based on logic, our rights and international undertakings," Rouhani said, addressing people in a ceremony to commemorate the Government Week in Tehran on Saturday.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Rouhani had underlined that Iran will powerfully continue the talks with the six world powers, but it would never give up its inalienable nuclear rights.

"We will sit at the negotiating table with the world powers with our distinguished and powerful diplomats who have sufficient experience in different areas and God willingly we will protect our nuclear rights and will bring back calm and welfare to the people," President Rouhani said, addressing a large gathering of people in the Northwestern city of Ardebil on Wednesday morning.

He noted that although Iran is under the West's sanctions and the government has made good progress in removal of the embargoes, the obstacles still exist.

President Rouhani said that the structure of the sanctions against Iran has cracked, and added, "We will release $7 billion of Iran's frozen assets by November 24."

The Iranian president pointed to the current talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), and said, "Our enemies feel that they can attack the Islamic system while due to the guidance and leadership of (Iran's) Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and people's epical presence on different scenes we will soon break the structure of the oppressive sanctions which are wrong and illegal."

On Sunday, Rouhani said Tehran would never accept to include its missile program in the talks with the world powers, and stressed Tehran's serious intention for continuing uranium enrichment.

"Iran's missile power cannot undergo negotiation at all and at any level," President Rouhani said in a meeting with visiting Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukio Amano in Tehran.

He said any agreement between Iran and the G5+1 as envisaged in the Geneva deal inked by the seven nations in November should entail Iran's continued uranium enrichment for civilian purposes inside the country and removal of all unilateral and international sanctions against Tehran.

"We have no fear of cooperation to obviate the ambiguities since use of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) has no room in Iran's defensive doctrine based on the codes of ethics and within the framework of religion and the fatwa (religious decree) issued by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei)," President Rouhani stressed.


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