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News > 5+1 suddenly changed opinion despite agreement on generalities: nuclear chief

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5+1 suddenly changed opinion despite agreement on generalities: nuclear chief

5+1 suddenly changed opinion despite agreement on generalities: nuclear chief

In a televised program on Saturday, Ali Akbar Salehi said the comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a couple of days after the November nuclear talks indicated that the Zionist lobbies played a role in blocking the deal between Iran and the 5+1 group.  

“We had almost reached consensus and the two sides had accepted the generalities. Something happened that the other side suddenly withdrew [from the negotiations],” Salehi noted.  

He also noted that Iran has answered all the questions raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

“Western countries attached a political history to our country’s nuclear issue, while we answered all their 18 technical questions,” Salehi said, adding that the six countries are still expecting answers from Iran as they have politicized the issue.

“The 5+1 group has announced that there is still room for discussion on two questions. The agency (IAEA) has, however, almost accepted all the answers,” he noted.

Salehi reiterated his previous position that the nuclear dispute between Iran and West can only be settled politically. “Our country’s nuclear issue is not technical and can be resolved only through political will.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, Salehi said the country needs an annual amount of 30 tons of enriched uranium for its nuclear power plant in Bushehr.

He said Iran is now enriching 2.5 tons of uranium each year, while the minimum need is estimated to be 30 tons a year.

Salehi, however, noted that the West does not agree even on that amount of uranium enrichment.

He said a contract with Russia, the country that has built the Bushehr nuclear power plant, will expire after 8 years and Iran should be allowed to fuel the plant by itself afterwards.

Salehi also said the nuclear dispute could be resolved soon if the 5+1 group of countries negotiating with Iran have a political will to do so.

He also noted that the Supreme Leader has given the final word regarding nuclear activities by issuing a fatwa (jurisprudence) declaring the production, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons as forbidden.

Nuclear negotiators from Iran and the 5+1 group – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany – wrapped up their latest round of talks on Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva on December 17, 2014.

The three-day Geneva discussions were held almost three weeks after Tehran and the six countries failed to reach a final agreement by a November 24 deadline despite making some progress.

The two sides agreed to extend their discussions for seven more months until July 1, 2015. They also agreed that the interim deal they had signed in Geneva in November 2013 should remain in place during the negotiations.

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