Rouhani: Iran's right to uranium enrichment a "red line", will not bow to threats or sanctions
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the country’s “rights to enrichment” of uranium were “red lines” and that his nation will not bow its head to any threat or sanction against it.
Rouhani also said the Islamic Republic had acted rationally and tactfully during nuclear negotiations, Iranian media reported, according to Reuters news agency.
“We have said to the negotiating sides that we will not answer to any threat, sanction, humiliation or discrimination. The Islamic Republic has not and will not bow its head to threats from any authority,” he was quoted as saying, during a speech at the National Assembly, Iran’s Student News Agency (ISNA) said, according to Reuters.
“For us there are red lines that cannot be crossed. National interests are our red lines that include our rights under the framework of international regulations and (uranium) enrichment in Iran.”
Rouhani’s comments came after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry comments on Sunday that the United States is determined to ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon.
“We came to Geneva determined to make certain that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapon. That remains our goal,” Kerry was quoted as saying by Agence France-Presse, after three days of intensive negotiations between world powers and Iran.
Iran and world powers failed on Saturday to reach an agreement over Tehran’s disputed nuclear program following three days of intensive negotiations in Geneva.
The talks are set to reconvene on Nov. 20 with the objective of reaching a conclusion, EU diplomatic chief Catherine Ashton said on Saturday.