Iran official rejects Sherman's 'worthless' remarks
Iran Press TV
Fri Feb 7, 2014 2:8PM GMT
A close aide to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has dismissed as "interventionist and worthless" remarks by a US negotiator about Iran's nuclear facilities.
"The Americans are expressing in a worthless literature [used] by their low-ranking officials what they failed to do in practice," Ali Akbar Velayati said on Friday.
Velayati, who is foreign affairs advisor to Ayatollah Khamenei, was reacting to remarks by US top nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman about Iran's nuclear facilities.
In a testimony to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 4, Sherman, the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and the Obama administration's top negotiator with Iran, questioned Iran's need to maintain a number of its nuclear facilities.
Velayati said the Iranian nation does not care for Sherman's "bombastic rhetoric."
He added that the continuation of talks over Iran's nuclear issue depends on the goodwill of world powers.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not back down an iota from its nuclear rights and these talks [between Iran and the Sextet of world powers] will continue in case of the opposite party's goodwill," said Velayati.
Iran and the six major world powers – the United States, Russia, China, France, the UK, and Germany – signed a nuclear deal in Geneva, Switzerland, last November to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old standoff over Tehran's nuclear energy program. The two sides started to implement the agreement on January 20 and aim to continue negotiations for a final comprehensive deal.
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