TEHRAN – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has deplored U.S. president’s “inability” to take a wise decision regarding Iran’s “flexibility” in nuclear talks.
Addressing an open session of parliament on Sunday, Larijani censured the U.S. policy of pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program, emphasizing that Tehran will not give in to Washington’s excessive demands.
Larijani said the U.S. is seeking to pressure Iran into accepting its demands over the country’s nuclear issue. "With such a wrong policy during [nuclear] negotiations, he [Obama] would be responsible for the (possible) failure of negotiations since he thinks that he can make Iran incur the cost of his weakness in resolving the internal problems [of the United States].”
He also referred to the recent remarks of the U.S. president who said Washington will continue pressing Tehran until it yields to America’s views on its nuclear issue.
"The U.S. president has said recently that they pressure Iran to accept their view on the nuclear issue. Now the goal that they pursue through holding negotiations with Iran has become clearer; they say that we should surrender to their demand. In which part of the world such a behavior is called ‘negotiation’,” he said.
"The U.S. president should know that the Iranian nation will not surrender and with such a wrong policy in the negotiations, he should be held accountable for the (possible) failure of the talks.”
The U.S. Senate Republicans are seeking to put an Iran sanctions bill up for an immediate vote despite that fact that Iran and the 5+1 group (Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany) are seeking ways to strike a permanent nuclear deal.
Tehran has said imposing new sanctions runs counter to the Joint Plan of Action, an interim accord signed in Geneva in November 2013.
The Iranian parliament has unambiguously threatened that it will force the government to expedite nuclear activities, including enriching uranium to higher purity usable in powering medical research reactors and ships.