Iranian MP Praises Leader’s "Prudence" in Nuclear Talks
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian lawmaker lauded the prudence of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, saying that the leader thwarted the plots hatched by world powers to reach a multi-stage nuclear deal with Iran.
Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Ebrahim Aqamohammadi, a member of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, described the current situation of the negotiations between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program as “a historic turn”.
“(Reaching) an agreement in several stages, was one of the main plots devised by the other party negotiating with Iran and we will pass the historic turn with the prudence of the Supreme Leader,” the parliamentarian said.
His comments came after Ayatollah 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.