Safeguarding nuclear rights big victory for Iranian nation: Rouhani

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TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the achievements of his administration in safeguarding the nuclear rights of the Islamic Republic are a big victory for the Iranian nation.

Addressing a news conference President said that, in addition to the nuclear rights of the Iranian nation, their right to have access to the world market is also one that has to be safeguarded.

In line with this objective, the Iranian administration launched negotiations with world powers, he added.

The Iranian president said that, today, no world country doubts Iran’s right to the enrichment of uranium. He said this is the biggest achievement in the safeguarding of the nuclear rights of the country.

“What we have gained so far is a big victory for the Iranian nation,” he said.

He said the sanctions imposed against Iran are both cruel and inhumane as the sanctions even targeted foodstuffs, medicine and medical equipment, among other basic things.

The scale of the sanctions was vast, he said, but the administration has managed the effects of the sanctions through its policies over the past two years.

“The administration has well managed and will manage the sanctions,” he said.

We are doing our best to reach an agreement with the P5+1 that abides by all the red lines and that safeguards all the interests of the Iranian nation, the president said responding to a question by a reporter.

He said the Islamic Republic is very serious in the negotiations and, while it is in no rush for an agreement, it will draw on all of its capabilities to achieve one.

The president said the removal of the sanctions will be simultaneous with the implementation of the deal, but, he said, there remain differences over the simultaneity of the lifting of the sanctions with the measures by Iran under the deal.

He said, however, that Iran’s negotiating partners, once having reached certain general agreements with Iran, once again resort to bargaining in future sessions of negotiations. If this continues, President Rouhani said, the negotiations may last longer.

Speaking on the regional policies of the Islamic Republic, the president said the administration is committed to helping regional countries maintain their stability, particularly through providing help in the fight against terrorism.

President Rouhani said the territorial integrity of regional countries must be protected, and the disintegration of countries will be detrimental to all. He also said the power of the central governments in Iraq and Syria has to be boosted for them to be able to better protect their territorial integrity. The Islamic Republic, he said, has drawn on and will continue to draw on all of its capabilities to help the governments of the countries in that regard.

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