Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said Tuesday the Islamic Republic “will not yield to the greedy demands of the parties involved in the talks over its peaceful nuclear program,” according to one of the regime’s mouthpiece, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
Zarif is meeting today with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and said, “Iran has entered the talks in ultimate sincerity and will go on with the negotiations until securing its full nuclear rights.”
He totally rejected as “unacceptable, irrational and excessive” that Iran freeze its nuclear development program for 10 years, one of the basic points of President Barack Obama’s proposed deal and which Obama repeated on Monday. Zarif emphasized that Iran “will not give in to excessive demands by the other side in the nuclear negotiations.” Zarif told reporters:
It is clear that Mr. Obama’s comments are meant to win the US public opinion and counter the propaganda campaign by the Israeli Prime Minister and that of other radical parties opposed to the negotiations.
The remarks by Mr. Obama clearly point to the fact that the US, which has over the past decades, either directly or indirectly threatened the Islamic Republic of Iran and imposed many cruel and illegal sanctions, has come to the conclusion that the policy of threats and sanctions is a failed policy.
Obama said, “If, in fact, Iran is willing to agree to double-digit years of keeping their program where it is right now and, in fact, rolling back elements of it that currently exist … if we’ve got that, and we’ve got a way of verifying that, there’s no other steps we can take that would give us such assurance that they don’t have a nuclear weapon.”
Zarif responded, “Illogical statements will reinforce Iranians’ will to insist on their rights.”