Rowhani talks tough on Iran nuclear rights

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Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani said Tuesday that Tehran will not give up “one iota” of its nuclear rights, echoing his hardline predecessor, after the UN nuclear watchdog urged improved cooperation.

The comments come ahead of meeting later this month between his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on restarting negotiations on the Islamic republic’s controversial nuclear ambitions.

“Our government will not give up one iota of its absolute rights” on the nuclear issue, said Rowhani, a reputed moderate, repeating a mantra frequently used by his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Soon after his election as President in June, Rowhani said he wanted “serious” talks with world powers to resolve Western suspicions that Iran’s nuclear drive is cover to build a bomb despite repeated denials by Tehran.

The two sides have failed to achieve a breakthrough in years of talks, with Iran — during Ahmadinejad’s two-term presidency — refusing to make any concessions on sensitive activities in the nuclear programme, notably enrichment.

That has led to several rounds of international sanctions being slapped on the Islamic republic, crucially targeting its financial and oil sectors, choking the economy and stoking a raging inflation.

The last round of talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 of world powers ended in Almaty in April with an impasse.

In parallel diplomatic efforts, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is urging Iran to provide necessary cooperation to remove suspicions it seeks a nuclear weapons capability.

A new round of talks between Iran and the Vienna-based UN watchdog is set for September 27.

“Given the nature and extent of credible information available to the agency about possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme, it remains essential and urgent for Iran to engage with us on the substance of these concerns,” IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said Monday.

Himself a former nuclear negotiator, Rowhani Tuesday did not elaborate on efforts to resolve such concerns over Iran’s nuclear programme, on which all final decisions — like other key issues in the Islamic republic — rest with the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

But he warned that pressure would not make Iran abandon its rights. “The West must understand that it will not obtain any result by threats and pressure,” Rowhani stressed.

Rowhani added that after the Zarif-Ashton meeting in New York, nuclear negotiations would “continue in another place with the 5+1 group,” which groups the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany.

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