Iran Says Ready To Continue Cooperation With IAEA
By Iran Review
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman reiterated Wednesday Tehran’s readiness to continue the talks and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“Once again, we announced our readiness to continue negotiations and collaboration with the agency,” Ramin Mehmanparast said.
“We have always been ready to have closer cooperation with the agency and have proved this in practice as we have had the most extensive collaboration with the body,” he said.
The Iranian official expressed hope that Iran would fully enjoy the right to peaceful nuclear energy in return for the country’s commitment to its international obligations.
Mehmanparast also said Tehran has a positive approach to the upcoming round of talks with the P5+1 — the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany — in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on May 23, and expressed optimism that the next round of the negotiations will be fruitful and guarantee the rights of the Iranian nation.
He further argued that any decision by the West could seriously affect the atmosphere of the upcoming talks, and noted, “We consider any sanction measure as a wrong and negative step; however, we regard a removal of the illegal and unreasonable embargoes as the right approach for rectifying the previous mistakes.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman has alos expressed concern over the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in Bahrain.
He said that Bahrain is making a strategic mistake by using excessive force against peaceful protesters who are struggling for their legitimate rights.
Mehmanparast called on the Manama regime to seriously consider the demands of people, end the crackdown on protesters and withdraw foreign military forces from the country.
The spokesman also criticized some Western countries, who claim to be advocates of democracy and human rights, for remaining silent on the abuse of Bahraini protesters.