Iran Warns Powers to Avoid Excessive Demands Prior to New Round of Talks

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Published in Iran
Monday, 22 June 2015


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated Tehran's determination to reach a final deal with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), but stressed that Iran won’t accept any excessive demands by the world powers.

"All negotiating sides should avoid excessive demands and allegations outside international frameworks to pave the way for achieving an agreement," Zarif told reporters upon his arrival in Luxembourg on Monday.

The Iranian foreign minister, meantime, pointed to the trend of drafting the final nuclear agreement, and said, "There are still some differences (remaining between the two sides); some of them are technical and some are political, anyhow we are trying to accomplish the work soon."

Zarif underlined that striking a good and proper deal is more important than meeting the deadline.

Asked about his upcoming meetings on Monday with G5+1 foreign ministers, the Iranian foreign minister said, "During my meetings with EU foreign policy chief (Federica Mogherini) and foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain, we will discuss the latest conditions of the nuclear talks and ways to strike a final agreement as well as the need for joint action to make this possible in future."

Earlier today Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi progress in the negotiations is not made at the expected pace.

"The differences which exist on the text of (a final) agreement have lessened, but progress is not made as expected," Araqchi said in an interview with the state TV on Monday.

He expressed the hope that the differences wound narrow down in the next few days and both sides would reach a single draft text of a deal.

Asked about the possibility of extending the nuclear talks beyond the July 1 deadlines, Araqchi said as emphasized many times, this deadline is not the ultimate one and both sides will hold talks a few more days beyond the deadline if necessary.

On Friday, thousands of Iranians held a gathering in the Northeastern city of Birjand in support of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei's guidelines on nuclear issues, and called on the country's negotiation team to stand up to the US excessive demands in the nuclear talks.

The fasting worshippers flocked into Birjand streets at the end of the Friday prayers and chanted slogans in support of Iran's peaceful nuclear program and its redlines.

They urged Iran's nuclear team to stand against the bullying of the West, specially the US, in a bid to safeguard dignity of the Iranians and national independence.

The worshippers also underlined that inspection of Iran's military sites and interview with the country's nuclear scientists are redlines no one can cross.

They pointed to the US' hostility towards Iran for more than three decades, and called for a transparent report on each phase of the negotiations to the Iranian people, reiterating that Iranians will accept an agreement that respects the redlines and includes complete removal of sanctions.

"I agree with an agreement if it can be struck, but I disagree with a bad agreement," the Supreme Leader said in a meeting with the commanders and personnel of the Iranian Air Force and Air Defense in Tehran in February.

He pointed to the US officials' remarks that "disagreement is better than a bad agreement", and said, "We believe the same and we believe that not agreement is better than striking an agreement that would harm the national interests and pave the way for humiliating the great Iranian nation."

The Leader further stressed his opposition to striking a deal over general issues and leaving the details for some other time in future, saying that a final agreement should include all the general principles and all the details together and should not leave anything for future.

The Supreme Leader reiterated that the Iranian nation will not tolerate bullying, excessive demands and illogical behavior.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the general points and technical details of any accord need to be agreed upon simultaneously as the US has already proved that it tries to escape its undertakings under the pretext of different interpretations.

"The contents of such a contract should be transparent, clear and not open to interpretation. The contents of the agreement should not allow the other side which is used to bargaining to seek excuses on different issues," he added.

After nine days of hard work in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran and the G5+1 reached an understanding on April 2 which laid the ground for them to start drafting the final nuclear deal over Tehran's nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline.

Reading out a joint statement at a press conference with Mogherini in Lausanne on April 2, Zarif said according to the agreement, all the US, EU and UN Security Council sanctions against Iran would be lifted under the final deal.

Talks are underway among the delegations of the seven nations to draft the final deal.

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