Nuclear Deal with Iran Needs Flexibility: MP
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The parties engaged in nuclear talks with Iran need to be more flexible in order to secure a comprehensive deal on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, a lawmaker said.
“The (Group) 5+1 should show more flexibility for continuing the nuclear talks and reaching the comprehensive agreement,” member of the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy commission Ahmad Shohani told Tasnim.
Echoing Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s rejection of a bad or two-phase nuclear deal, Shohani described a good deal as one that safeguards the Islamic Republic’s dignity, independence and national interests.
“A deal that holds off details for a later time will definitely not be in the interests of the Islamic Republic, because the West will put efforts into achieving its goals in the negotiations,” the lawmaker added.
His comments came after Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei made it clear that any nuclear deal between Iran and world powers should be implementable, stressing that "no deal will be better than a bad one," including a two-stage agreement.
The Leader expressed outright opposition to the idea of a two-stage nuclear deal, which entails consensus on the generalities at first and requires agreement on details at a later time.
“Such a deal is not acceptable, because our experience of the opposite side’s behavior shows that mere agreement on the generalities will become a tool for making successive excuses over details.”
“If there is to be any deal, it must have a single stage and include generalities and details together,” the Leader explained.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) are in talks to hammer out a final agreement to end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
Following an interim nuclear deal signed in Geneva in November 2013, two deadlines for a final, comprehensive deal have been missed, and now a third one is looming on July 1.