Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister and senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi appeared on the state TV on Saturday evening to discuss the country’s recent deal with the Six Majors.
"The Geneva agreement cannot be seen as a legal agreement with binding obligations. It looks rather like a political statement,” Araqchi said.
He added that the agreement is a preliminary step for the final stage when all sanctions will be lifted and Iran will be able to fully implement its peaceful program, including uranium enrichment, adding up to a win-win situation for the two sides.
The nuclear negotiator stated "By no means do we trust the other side. We are rather cynical, will you, and that is what we have expressly told them in the meetings.”
The Deputy Foreign Minister asserted "We left Geneva with enrichment, which was our will coming to prevail. We have the right to enrichment and we wait for nobody to recognize it. We have the right and we expect others to respect it.”
Araqchi further asserted that the Arak facilities must be preserved as a heavy water reactor, stating "There is no backing up to our nuclear program. There is only no further progress. Our only backing down was about the 20 percent enrichment.”
"Those who mention the revocation of the 5 percent have to think again, because it does not make sense, the psychological weight of sanctions was lifted in Geneva and the stature of sanctions was destroyed,” Araqchi asserted.
Pointing to the new sanctions by the EU Council he said "The extension of the sanctions on Iranian companies by the EU is not against the Geneva agreement, but we do not think that it comes from the other side’s goodwill.”
"We have given the Majlis authority to veto the agreement at the end of the negotiations if it deems it against national interests. That is a great advantage for Iran,” he further said.