The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has praised the Iranian negotiating team’s diplomatic efforts for defending Iran’s right to pursue a peaceful nuclear program in the talks with the P5+1 countries in Switzerland.
Iran’s nuclear delegation has admirably defended the nation’s peaceful nuclear rights, said Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari on Tuesday, adding that the Iranian people and the IRGC appreciate the country’s nuclear negotiators for making sincere political efforts while insisting on the Islamic Republic’s red lines.
Iran’s red lines in the talks with the world powers include the acceptance of Iran’s right to possess a full nuclear enrichment cycle as well as research and development in this field besides the lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran, Jafari added.
The IRGC commander stated that the Iranian nation’s “resistance” stymied the US plot to impose its political will on the Islamic Republic.
During the nuclear talks with Tehran, Washington was forced to stop the language of force against the Iranian nation and resort to diplomacy instead to resolve the issues surrounding Iran’s nuclear case, Jafari added.
He also highlighted the difficulty of the nuclear negotiations due to the “unreliability” of US politicians and Washington’s failure to honor its international commitments, calling on Iranian negotiators to exhaust all efforts in the future talks to secure the removal of the sanctions imposed against the country over its nuclear program “all at once.”
After eight days of marathon talks in Lausanne, Iran and the six-party group of Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany, aka P5+1, issued a joint statement on April 2 on their mutual understanding over Tehran’s nuclear program.
According to the joint statement, none of Iran’s nuclear facilities will be stopped, shut down or suspended and Iran’s nuclear activities in all its nuclear facilities including Natanz, Fordow, Isfahan and Arak will continue.
Under the statement, all sanctions by the UN Security Council, the US and the EU against Iran will be lifted. Tehran will also implement the Additional Protocol temporarily and voluntarily in line with its confidence-building measures and after that the protocol will be ratified in a time frame by the Iranian government and Majlis.
Iran and its negotiating partners are now expected to start work to draw up a final comprehensive deal over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program by the end of the self-designated June 30 deadline.