TEHRAN, June 30 (MNA) –- In its negotiations with Europe the Islamic Republic of Iran should never back off from its position to resume the construction and assembly of centrifuges insisting on its inalienable right to apply nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, former reformist MP Ja’far Golbaz says.

On the likely new round of talks between Iran and Europe, Golbaz says Tehran should insist on its legitimate rights from a position of power, saying that Europe is testing Iran to determine the extent of Iranian resolve to employ its legal rights.


He added that Iran should remind Europe about their commitments toward the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.


As for bowing out of the NPT, he said that Iran should continue to develop peaceful technology while remaining dedicated to international regulations and stressed that Iran should not mar its reputation by being termed as an international outlaw.


As long as the country’s national interests are not threatened Iran should cooperate with the international community, the former legislator told the Mehr News Agency.


The European strategy, pressuring Iran to revise its decision to make centrifuges and accept a voluntary suspension of centrifuge construction and uranium enrichment is an obligation against the Tehran declaration, the former member of the Majlis foreign policy committee noted.


The Islamic Republic of Iran should not compromise its national interests or give up its incontrovertible rights, Golbaz underlined.


Golbaz went on to say that if the U.S. and Europe’s intent is to deprive Iran of nuclear technology for civilian purposes, then there is no reason for Iran to be a signatory to these commitments. However, at this juncture Iran should keep all lines of communication open.


Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Hasan Rowhani, Iran’s main negotiator on nuclear issues, recently sent a letter to the foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany and to IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei announcing the end of Iran’s commitment to suspend construction of centrifuges.


In the letter, Rowhani explained that according to the February Brussels meeting the European Union promised to make efforts to close Iran’s nuclear dossier at the IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna and Iran in exchange promised to suspend the construction of centrifuges; however, Iran cannot keep these promises since the EU reneged on its promise and instead cosponsored a resolution which downplayed Iran’s full cooperation with the UN nuclear agency.





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