FM Reiterates Iran's Preparedness for Final Solution to N. Issue
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister said the interim agreement with the six world powers in Geneva was just a "good first step", and underlined that the Islamic Republic is now ready for negotiations aimed at reaching a final solution to the country's nuclear issue.
"We are ready to begin the final stage of nuclear agreement as of tomorrow," Zarif said at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport upon return from Geneva on Sunday evening.
The Iranian top diplomat reiterated that Iran's “enrichment right” has been confirmed in the recent initial agreement with the West, and stated, “In the agreement, it has been emphasized at two different points that there will be no solution without (the existence of) a nuclear enrichment program inside Iran.”
He said that based on the nuclear-Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), all signatories to the treaty are entitled to the right to have nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
This comes as Iran and the six major world powers (Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany) reached a six-month deal early on Sunday on how to resolve disputes over Tehran’s nuclear program after more than 4 days of intensive talks in the Swiss city of Geneva.
Aimed at ending a decade-long standoff, the agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the six major world powers also known as P5+1) was clinched after days of tough negotiations in Switzerland.
The final text of the deal has been released, and the EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton told reporters at the end of talks that it included "reciprocal measures by both sides".
She said the deal would be coordinated by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Later, Zarif said the interim deal recognized the Islamic Republic’s right of uranium enrichment inside the country.
The deal also permits Iran to continue its nuclear activities in the nuclear facilities located in the cities of Arak, Natanz and Fordo like before, Zarif added at the time.