Iran victorious in battle of wills: Araghchi

TEHRAN, Nov. 09 (MNA) – In an interview with khamenei.ir, Iran’s senior negotiator Seyyed Abbas Araghchi shed light on the progress as well as the role of the Leader in nuclear talks.

Iran’s senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araghchi in an interview with khamenei.ir discussed the role of the Leader in nuclear talks. He also explained how the negotiation team interacts with the Leader, as well as the process of determining red lines for the nuclear program.

Araghchi maintained that Iran’s foreign policy has always been founded on ‘resisting the hegemony, in accordance with national interests and principles of Islamic Revolution’ and that this policy has always remained within a ‘fixed and specific framework.’

He underlined the role of Iran as the ultimate deciding factor in the course of nuclear talks and asserted, “at times certain events have occurred in the process of this case which might have appeared to be unfavorable, but in a wider view, we can use these happenings to make better decisions in the future.”

“For instance,” he continued, “at some point, Iran agreed to the suspension of nuclear activities proposed by the West. This suspension proved to be an unsuccessful but necessary experience. It proved to Iranian people as well as the government that the rights of the Islamic Republic cannot be achieved through mere negotiation and compromise with the West.”

Araghchi referred to Iran’s resuming of nuclear activities after two and a half years of suspension and said, “we learned from that experience and commenced manufacturing nuclear equipment, nuclear facilities, increasing the number of centrifuges, but most importantly, training human resources in the field of nuclear technology; all of these are the results of that experience.”

Iran’s senior negotiator maintained that alongside the nuclear issue, there was also an ongoing war of dominance and submission and said, “we did not want to submit to the enemy. They insisted on suspending Iran’s enrichment program but we did not consent to it. The Security Council issued six resolutions that all called for the immediate suspension of all enrichment activities in Iran, but we resisted.”

“After ten years of resisting, and only after the West consented to Iran’s enrichment program did we decide to negotiate with them, and in this battle of wills, the will of the Islamic Republic came out victorious,” Araghichi asserted.

He maintained that Iran was not ‘optimistic’ about the intentions and goals of the other party, but was in fact optimistic and hopeful about the possibility of an agreement.

“The Muscat talks are one of the key points in the negotiations and I believe many issues will come to light as a result of these meetings. Should some conflicting issues be resolved in Muscat, we can then be optimistic about the ultimate result,” said Araghchi.

A more detailed version of this interview will be soon released by Mehr News.

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