News ID: 270419
Published: 0123 GMT June 21, 2020

Iran's Parliament speaker: Talks with US harmful

Iran's Parliament speaker: Talks with US harmful

Iran's Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf said negotiations with the US are "harmful and strictly forbidden," stressing that resistance is the only way to protect the country's rights and dignity.

Addressing an open session of Parliament on Sunday, Qalibaf stressed that any dialogue should take place from the position of power by relying on the strong will of the Iranian people.

"The fact is we are not against diplomacy and talks, but we believe that negotiations with the US are absolutely harmful and forbidden," he said, according to Press TV.

His remarks came in the wake of an anti-Iran resolution passed by the Board of Governors at the UN’s nuclear agency on Friday, which brought the US closer to its goal of killing a 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran.

"In the past few days, Western countries especially the US and some European countries once again showed their unreliable and hostile nature to the Iranian nation and proved for the umpteenth time that to protect the rights and dignity of the Iranian nation and guarantee its progress, there is no way other than smart resistance and revolutionary wisdom," Qalibaf said. 

On Saturday, President Donald Trump repeated his call for a new deal with Iran, hypothesizing that Tehran was waiting to see him lose the election.

"But when I win, you’re going to pay a much higher price than if you made a deal now," he was quoted as saying in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The US is currently working to extend a UN-imposed arms embargo due to expire in October under the Iran nuclear deal.

As signatories of the nuclear deal, the Europeans have said since the US has already withdrawn from the agreement with Iran, it can’t now use its former membership of the pact to try to impose a permanent arms embargo on the Islamic Republic.

However, the Friday resolution drafted by France, Britain, and Germany, calling on Tehran to provide inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with access to two sites in Iran, increased the Islamic Republic distrust of the bloc.

The sites in question are not directly relevant to Iran’s current nuclear program. Moreover, the IAEA has said it still has the access it needs to inspect Iran’s declared nuclear facilities, as per its mandate under the nuclear deal.

Iranian officials say the agency's request to visit the two sites is based on fabricated information supplied by Israel and pressure from the US government.




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