Rouhani: Iran Ready to Remove N. Ambiguities through Talks
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani once again reaffirmed the country’s right to enjoy nuclear technology under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and stressed that Tehran is ready to remove any ambiguity over its nuclear program through talks with the Group 5+1.
“Iran deems the possession of nuclear rights within the framework of NPT its inalienable right, and is ready to remove the ambiguities within the framework of talks with the (Group) 5+1,” Rouhani said on Monday, in a meeting with the new ambassador of the Netherlands to Tehran.
The president’s remarks come ahead of a fresh round of nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), which is due to take place on October 15 and 16 in Geneva.
Rouhani also pointed to the unilateral sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic which he said have restricted the Iranian people’s access even to medicines, and described them as being against human rights.
The United States and the European Union have imposed illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran under the pretext that Iran's nuclear energy program may includes a military component.
Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that numerous inspections of its nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have invariably failed to find any diversion towards military purposes.
Also in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, President Rouhani said, “These sanctions violate the inalienable human rights, including right to peace, right to development, right to access health, right to education and more importantly right to live.”
He has noted that the flames of sanctions do not only affect the victims of sanctions, but it is also harmful for the economy and life of the people of the societies of the countries that have imposed sanctions.
Iran has been hit with dozens of sanctions in the last ten years. Some of them are based on UN Security Council resolutions, others are decisions by the European Union, others are acts of the US Congress and still others are executive orders by the US president.
Iran wants the sanctions lifted and has said it is ready to open its nuclear facilities to international inspections to prove it is not seeking a nuclear bomb.