Framework of Iran's Nuclear Program to Remain Intact: FM
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian foreign minister emphasized that the structure of the country’s peaceful nuclear program will remain unchanged, insisting that uranium enrichment activities will definitely continue inside the country.
“What is certain is that Iran’s nuclear program and (uranium) enrichment on the Iranian soil will continue, no doubt about it,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a televised address on Tuesday.
Not only will the activities of the country’s nuclear facilities in Fordow and Arak continue, said Zarif, but also “the structure of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program will remain completely intact.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Zarif said that Iran’s diplomatic efforts in recent months have shattered anti-Iran illusions in the world, which in turn has irked enemies of Iran, such as the Israeli regime.
Zarif further noted that the Israeli authorities were trying to launch a propaganda campaign to tarnish the image of Iran, but the hostile plan crumbled in just a few months.
He described the recent nuclear accord between Iran and the major world powers as the main symbol of the collapse of Iranophobia campaign in the world.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) on November 24 signed a six-month deal on Tehran’s nuclear program based on which the world powers agreed to suspend some non-essential sanctions and to imposed no new nuclear-related bans in return for Tehran's decision to freeze parts of its nuclear activities and to allow more inspection of its nuclear facilities.
The goal is to create a breathing space for a comprehensive agreement to be negotiated that the sides hope will be able to resolve for good the standoff over Iran's nuclear program after a decade of on-off meetings and failed attempts.
In late November Foreign Minister Zarif said Iran would decide the level of uranium enrichment in its nuclear program based on its energy and other civilian needs.
"Iran will decide the level of enrichment according to its needs for different purposes... Only details of the enrichment activities are negotiable," he said.
Iran insists its right to enrich uranium on its soil for peaceful purposes is non-negotiable as its has been granted the right by virtue of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, to which it is a signatory, but has said it is ready to talk about the level and amount of enrichment.