Dec 7, 2020, 11:55 AM
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Iran to neither negotiate nor compromise national interests

Tehran, Dec 7, IRNA – Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh stated on Monday that Iran will not negotiate over its national interests, neither through holding talks nor via reaching compromises.

Khatibzadeh made the remarks at his virtual weekly press briefing in Tehran.

He stated that Iran is fully aware of its rights and responsibilities and keeps reminds its partners of these two factors as well.

He said what they failed to achieve through maximum pressure, could be realized with the use of other methods either.

About the demand made by some regional countries to attend any likely negotiations, Khatibzadeh told reporters that those certain states that bargained on whatever credit they had to achieve their goals during the term of the now outgoing US president and spent their peoples' money to buy themselves short-lived security will naturally be worrying now.

Speaking about the Iranian foreign policies, the spokesman said Azeri Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov is to visit Iran within the next two days while Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad is now in Tehran to hold talks with top Iranian officials, it is reported on Monday.

Bayramov will meet with Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Mohammad-Baer Qalibaf and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani on December 9, Khatibzadeh noted.

Message to those states is that Iran is an anchorage of stability in the region; Iran as a historical country and an older brother has always made efforts to ignore others' mistakes, but they should find their position to know to what extent they can talk [about Iran], the spokesman underlined.

On the continuing wave of incoming sympathies over the assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Khatibzadeh said Belgian and Croatian foreign ministers too have recently held telephone conversations with their Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and condemned the terror attack.

Dr. Fakhrizadeh, Deputy Minister of Defense and Head of the Research and Innovation Organization of the Ministry of Defense of Iran, who was described by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as "a distinguished nuclear and defense scientist", was assassinated and attained martyrdom on Friday evening, November 27, near the town of Absard, Damavand city in east Tehran during a terrorist operation by the criminal agents of the Zionist regime.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has also held talks with Zarif over the phone and condemned Fakhrizadeh's assassination.

At the talks, Zarif reminded Mr. Borrell of the EU responsibilities.

Turning to the issue of JCPOA and recent remarks made by the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas regarding the document, the spokesman said Iran's stance on the nuclear deal is firm and unchangeable.

He noted that the JCPOA was discussed in the past, the deal was signed and put on the UN Resolution 2231 so "Iran will not re-negotiate what has already been negotiated."

The EU is the guarantor of the implementation of the JCPOA; though Germany as a European member of the deal has not been faithful to its commitments, he added.

Iran reached a landmark nuclear agreement with six world powers- US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany- in 2015.

If European states and the US fulfill their commitments, Iran will be faithful to its commitments, too, said he, describing Iran as an accountable country.

Commenting on German officials' remarks about the need for reaching a more comprehensive agreement with Iran, Khatibzadeh said all are free to express their opinions; but there is no reason to heed such remarks.

Any changes in the form and content of the JCPOA means to put an end to it, the spokesman stressed.

Turning to Japan's request to participate in the likely talks, the spokesman said Tehran-Tokyo ties will continue on its path; meanwhile, "JCPOA is another question."

Also on Tehran-Doha relations, Khatibzadeh said bilateral ties have numerous facets that are under control within the approved framework.

Turning to the issue of Saudi Arabia, the spokesman said Riyadh is responsible for war and famine in Yemen and problems the Arab countries face.

Saudi rulers should return from their wrong path as the Saudi people deserve [to live under] better policies, Khatibzadeh stated.

Touching upon Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he said Iran will cooperate with the Agency as long as it sees no strategic mistake from the other side.

"Iran has been, and is, a faithful member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)."    

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