World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran believes that the agreement reached with permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany on its nuclear program permits the continuation of its uranium enrichment program in two separate stages, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a press conference on Sunday.
Zarif noted that the agreement was a significant achievement, but also a first step.
While the use of force violates international law, the fourth article of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons indicates that the right to acquire peaceful nuclear technology is inalienable, Zarif stressed.
Underlining that all countries should recognize and respect this right, Zarif stated they believe uranium enrichment is their right.
He stressed that the Iranian people expect their rights and dignity to be respected, and hoped this process would provide such respect.
A commission would be created to ensure mutual trust between the parties for the implementation of the agreement, he explained.
When asked whether or not Iran had reconciled with the West, Zarif emphasized that the objective was the resolution of the nuclear issue. "We thought the nuclear related topic was unnecessary. It prevented us from addressing more important matters," he said
“The safety of our neighbors is our security," he added.Last Mod: 24 Kasım 2013, 12:02