Adviser to Supreme Leader: We will never back down from our rights

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Former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, in an interview with Bashgah-e khabarnegaran, referring to Iran’s position in negotiations with the P5+1 stated, “The positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding the nuclear negotiations were completely clear and precise and these positions were consonant with international law and within the accepted global criteria and framework.”

He added, “Our opposing side in the negotiations are the permanent countries of the UN Security Council and Germany; up to now, they have not accepted that the very minimum of Iran’s rights be observed and in the negotiations with Iran have put forward demands extraneous to the international regulations and that which Iran has accepted in the form of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.”

Velayati, who is also chairman of the Global Assembly for Islamic Awakening, continued, “If we look behind the scenes of the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, we see that perhaps some of the countries have a different position, but nonetheless the positions of America and its allies and subjects, in relation to the nuclear issue of Iran, they were alike and they say Iran must not benefit from peaceful nuclear technology.”

“During almost the last 10 years we imagined that after this question and answer the problems will be solved, but at every point we witness the P5+1 putting forward new issues … The spread of doubts, negative questions, and accusing Iran and exacerbating negative propaganda against Iran from Western and European governments doesn’t end, but Iran has never abandoned negotiations with the P5+1 or any other institution which has legal authority.”

Finally Velayati concluded, “we hope that the teams negotiating with Iran understand that we will never back down from our interests in preserving the nuclear rights.”

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Haddad Adel added that it was because the three of them saw that they had received 60% of the votes in opinion polls, they decided to form a coalition and ultimately two of the three will not run in this year’s presidential election scheduled for June this year and will support the third member of the coalition who will go on to become the presidential candidate. This is why the coalition has been called the 2+1. It has been formed in order to preserve unity in the Principalist camp and avoid a potentially damaging split in the Principalist vote.

The deputy representative of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the Revolutionary Guards, Abdollah Hajj Sadeghi, implicitly acknowledged on Thursday while attending a gathering of Basij lawyers in Tehran that he does not consider opposition leaders Hojjat al-Islam Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi as the “leaders of the sedition” [i.e., the term used for the post-2009 presidential election protests and the so-called Green Movement, which emerged therefrom].

Hajj Sadeghi is quoted as stating Mousavi and Karroubi are not “internal seditionists” and that he does not wish them to be “purged,” adding that “the original seditionists are in an American command centre.”

A number of other prominent conservative figures, such as the Islamic Coalition Party’s Habibollah Asgarowladi and Morteza Nabavi, have also expressed their views and contention that Mousavi and Karroubi should not be considered as leaders of the “sedition.”