By Iran Review
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has expressed optimism about the next round of talks between Tehran and the six major world powers (P5+1) in Baghdad, calling on the group to take practical steps.
“We are optimistic about the future of negotiations and want the other sides to put their words into action,” Mehmanparast said.
He added that the latest round of Iran-P5+1 talks in Istanbul was held in a positive atmosphere, noting that the sides agreed to cooperate on the basis of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman also blasted the United States for ‘violating’ the NPT regulations and said Washington possesses half of the world’s atomic weapons.
“There are certain countries which are threatening to use nuclear weapons if necessary. The US and France are among such countries,” he stated.
Mehmanparast further pointed out that Western powers have provided Israel with more than 200 nuclear warheads. They did not observe the policy of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The spokesman, however, added that “All nuclear activities of Iran are peaceful and all our sites are under the surveillance of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) cameras.”
He rejected the claims that Iran may develop nuclear weapons in the future and emphasized that the Islamic Republic has always been calling for dismantling of all nuclear weapons.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman insisted that while Tehran always remains prepared for cooperation and talks, it will never renounce its indisputable rights to peaceful nuclear technology.
“It is Iran’s inalienable right to enjoy nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” Ramin Mehmanparast said.
“The Iranian nation will not relinquish its inalienable rights under Western sanctions,” he added.
Referring to Iran-P5+1 talks, the Iranian official said that while Tehran is ready for cooperation and negotiations it will firmly standby its rights.