The chairman of the parliamentary Committee of Foreign Policy and National Security, Alaeddin Borujerdi, said in an interview with Iran’s Arab-language station Al Alam that when it comes to the West and the chances of more sanctions through the UN, “for parliament, all options are on the table.” Last weekend Iran and the P5+1 finished another round of negotiations in Almaty, Kazakhstan with inconclusive results.
Borujerdi said, “It is not acceptable for Iran to respect the provisions of the Non-Proliferation Treaty [NPT], but [it is] for America and the West to ignore Article 6 [regarding nuclear-arms reduction] and Article 4 [Iran’s inalienable nuclear rights]. In this case, there is no reason for Iran to be a member of the NPT, and parliament can review this matter.” Borujerdi added that “we cannot be indifferent to the oppression the Iranian nation is facing; of course, this is a strategic decision that the Supreme National Security Council must adopt, but parliament will use its abilities to defend the rights of the nation.”
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.”
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has met with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in Damascus Mehr NewsAgency reports. Details continue to be sparse other than Salehi went to Damascus to discuss the “special circumstances” of Syria.
This visit follows on the heels of Salehi’s visit to Cairo, for a meeting of the “contact group” on Syria, along with his Turkish and Egyptian counterparts. The Saudi Foreign Minister was not in attendance. Salehi’s recommendations included sending observers to Syria and that the contact group’s next meeting take place in Tehran, with representatives from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey.
Khabar Online, close to Parliamentary Speaker Ali Larijani reports Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s comments in his meeting with Foreign Minister Salehi that “no problem exists between Iran and Egypt”. During their meeting in Cairo Salehi expressed the “warm greetings” of President Ahmadienajd, and thanked Morsi for his attendance of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran. Salehi also congratulated the president on the “victory of the revolution of the Egyptian people”. According to the report, Morsi reciprocated and asked the Iranian Foreign Minister to offer his “warm greetings” to the Supreme Leader and President Ahmadinejad.
Salehi also expressed Iran’s readiness for cooperation with the Egyptian government on the development of Egypt’s industrial infrastructure, adding that the two countries “complement one another”.