Sanctions against Iran unacceptable, ineffective

    By Umid Niayesh, Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan (TNS)

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that sanctions and pressures against the Islamic Republic are not acceptable.

    “We condemn the sanctions against Iran and believe that it is ineffective,” Rouhani said, the official website of the president said May 18.

    Rouhani made the remarks during a visit with Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó in Tehran.

    He further said that “good progresses” were made in the negotiations with the P5+1(the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) over the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear program.

    Iran and the P5+1 reached a nuclear framework agreement on April 2 in Lausanne that raised hopes for achieving a comprehensive nuclear deal by June 30.

    The deal stipulates the removal of all international sanctions on Iran in return narrowing the range of Iran’s nuclear activities.

    If the counter side has serious intention, a final agreement would be achievable before the deadline, Rouhani said.

    He further said that Iran has proved that it is transparent regards the issue and attended the nuclear talks with a strong will.

    Iran’s nuclear activities are under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rouhani said, adding the Islamic Republic’s peaceful nuclear activities will continue. ©2015 Trend News Agency (Baku, Azerbaijan) / Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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    Iran says nuclear talks proved hardships can be removed

    By Mehdi Sepahvand Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan (TNS)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the country’s nuclear talks have proven that hardships can be removed through sincerity and goodwill.

    Zarif made the remarks in a press conference with his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szijjártó.

    He said that reaching a nuclear agreement would bring great gifts for the region, since tackling regional problems without Iran will be difficult, Tasnim news agency reported May 18.

    Stressing that Tehran is determined to cooperate with the international body, he said that Iran’s cooperation will seek national security and will not go beyond that.

    Zarif said that Iran’s cooperation with the world will be conducted within the framework of the country’s national security and expediency concerns, adding that the Islamic Republic will not allow interference beyond that framework.

    He went on to say that the Additional Protocol to the NPT does not allow unbridled inspections of the country’s nuclear sites.

    The Iranian foreign minister said in another part of his speech that the Iranian government’s top priority in foreign policy is to resolve regional problems, including that of Yemen.

    Also pointing to the ongoing talks on Iran’s nuclear program, he said that excessive demands by the sides negotiating Iran will make the talks drag on.

    Iran and the group 5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) are in talks over Tehran’s nuclear program.

    The talks are set to end in a final deal by June 30.

    The deal is envisioned to limit Iran’s nuclear activity and in return remove international sanctions on the country’s economy. ©2015 Trend News Agency (Baku, Azerbaijan) / Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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    The likelihood of agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is high enough

    The likelihood of reaching an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program between Iran and the P5+1 is quite high, US analyst believes.

    “I assess the likelihood of finalizing the nuclear deal at about 80 percent,” senior analyst at the Congressional Research Service, which conducts research and analysis for the US Congress Kenneth Katzman told Trend.

    He stressed that both the United States and Iran have strong incentives to complete the deal. Iran is particularly interested in such a deal because it is suffering severe economic problems because of the extensive US and international sanctions, Katzman said.

    The expert expects that if there is a nuclear deal, many of the sanctions will be suspended some time in the fall of 2015 after Iran completes some key nuclear tasks such as dismantling 15,000 centrifuges.

    Moreover Katzman said that if the parties agree, Iranian oil will probably resume exportation to Europe in the latter part of 2015, after the EU lifts the ban on Iranian oil and gas imports it imposed in 2012. Iranian oil supplies to Europe could start without need for Iran to increase its oil production, according to the expert. Iran has stored a great amount of oil, which can start flowing fairly soon after sanctions are lifted, he said.

    Iran and the P5+1, which includes the US, France, the UK, Russia, China plus Germany, should conclude a final nuclear accord by June 30. The parties reached a framework agreement in early April.

    © 2015 Trend News Agency (Baku, Azerbaijan) / Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


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