Iran: Tehran will never give up its right to nuclear enrichment
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that the West "cannot wish Iran's nuclear program away" (File Archive/AFP)
Click here to add Geneva as an alert
Disable alert for Geneva,
Click here to add Jerusalem as an alert
Disable alert for Jerusalem,
Click here to add Mohammad Javad Zarif as an alert
Disable alert for Mohammad Javad Zarif,
Click here to add Seyyed Ali Khamenei as an alert
Disable alert for Seyyed Ali Khamenei,
Click here to add Tehran as an alert
Disable alert for Tehran,
Click here to add Tokyo as an alert
Disable alert for Tokyo,
Click here to add United Nations as an alert
Disable alert for United Nations,
Click here to add United Nations Security Council as an alert
Disable alert for United Nations Security Co ...,
Click here to add Vienna as an alert
Disable alert for Vienna,
Click here to add Wendy Sherman as an alert
Disable alert for Wendy Sherman
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran will never give up its right to nuclear enrichment for peaceful purposes.
“I want to say that the West should also share an objective with us and I hope that they have started to share that objective and that is you cannot wish Iran’s nuclear program away. You cannot entertain illusions of a zero enrichment option,” Zarif told reporters at the foreign correspondents' club of Japan in Tokyo on Wednesday.
The top Iranian diplomat said that Iran has the nuclear know-how, scientists and workshops for enrichment and the production of centrifuges, adding that it is impossible to dismantle science or technology.
He also noted that Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has issued a decree which prohibits nuclear weapons.
In the fatwa (religious decree), Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Republic considers the pursuit and possession of nuclear weapons “a grave sin” from every logical, religious and theoretical standpoint.
The Iranian foreign minister’s remarks came as Iran and the P5+1 group are set to start a new round of expert-level talks on Tehran’s nuclear energy program in the Austrian capital, Vienna, later on Wednesday.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US -- plus Germany inked an interim deal on Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 24, 2013. The Geneva accord, dubbed the Joint Plan of Action, took effect on January 20.
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, who leads the US negotiating team to the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5 + 1 group, told reporters in Al Quds (Jerusalem) on February 22 that in a comprehensive agreement, Iran would be able to maintain a domestic enrichment program that answers its practical needs.