Mohsen Rezaei: Nuclear negotiations should not be ‘confidential’

TEHRAN, Apr. 11 (MNA) – Secretary of the Expediency Council believes nuclear negotiations should be communicated clearly to the public.

Mohsen Rezaei responded questions by the press after an Expediency Council meeting on Saturday. He believed that in nuclear negotiations, the Leader of the Islamic Republic had set the general frameworks and the negotiators should act according to these frameworks; “the critics and proponents of the nuclear negotiations should sit together in a friendly atmosphere and engage in a constructive dialogue which would focus on national interests,” he told reporters.

“No agreement has been hammered out yet; we should wait to see who has added the fuel on nuclear fire and who provided the logs; we should wait to see what would be the share of Iran,” Rezaei said.

He believed that recognition by the international community of Iran’s right to enrichment was one of the outcomes of the negotiations; “we are still to wait to see the final outcome; all groups should play their role in nuclear negotiations, and nothing of nuclear negotiations should remain confidential; all details should be clearly communicated to the public to elicit the opposition voices inside,” held Rezaei, recommending both critics and proponents to sit to address the issue together.

Rezaei objected that the opposition outside the country had been a source for representing Iran, believing that they had represented a distorted image to the world.

“If they [western negotiators] have plan to remove sanctions in an incremental method by three or five years, much of the full sweetness of the agreement would evaporate into air; EU sanctions could be easily removed only by a signature or act, even sanctions by Congress and US president are so, and would be annulled in the course of two weeks or so,” he emphasized.

On recent developments in Yemen and Saudi air strikes against the crisis-hit country, Rezaei urged Saudi Arabia end the airstrikes in Yemen; “during 8-year war with Saddam Hossein of Iraq, Saudi Arabia was the major contributor to war; the larger portion of $1000bn damage on Iran during the war is blamed on Saudi Arabia; they are behind many of crises in the region,” believed the secretary of the Expediency Council; “today, Saudi new leadership interferes in Iraq, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen with flagrant disregard of conventions."

In response to a different question about stories of his resuming career in the IRGC, Rezaei said that the current decision had sent him to IRGC to ‘share the experiences and give advice to the new generation.’



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