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Iran's achievements brought US to nuclear talks: Afkham

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 11, IRNA -- A senior official at the Foreign Ministry said Iran entered the nuclear talks with a constructive intention to put an end to the "fabricated" crisis, refuting claims that Tehran was forced to sit at the neogitations table.

Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham made the remarks while reacting to the latest statements made by the US President Barack Obama about Iran's "political will" to reach a nuclear agreement.

"Iran entered the nuclear talks given the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities and with an approach which is based on having constructive interaction," Afkham said.

"It seems', she added, 'winning the US public opinion as well as fighting political rivals inside the US were true reasons for repeating a wrong analysis that Iran's presence in the nuclear talks was a result of the oppressive and illegal sanctions."

Afkham stressed it was "crystal clear that putting pressure on Iran has not been effective and has instead resulted to our country's remarkable progress in all fields including its peaceful nuclear program. We believe that is what has brought the US to the table of the nuclear talks."

Reiterating Tehran's political will to reach a nuclear agreement, the spokeswoman said, "Various reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency as a responsible reference, have proven that Iran has been committed to its obligations based on the (interim) Geneva deal. This is an evidence of Iran's seriousness on its decision on one hand, and will, on the other hand, indicate existence of a firm political will among Iranian authorities to reach a good nuclear agreement."

"Now it is the American side that must make its final decision and prepare the grounds for reaching a comprehensive nuclear deal after throwing away its excessive demands and overcoming its domestic problems," Afkham stressed.

Referring to the US president's remarks on internal affairs of Iran as well as the relationship between the Iranian nation and its government, the spokeswoman recommended President Obama "to avoid making such baseless and unrealistic comments and review the huge presence of the Iranian people in all national occasions and elections in the post-Revolution era."

She referred to the anniversary of the victory of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution as a symbol of the unity and solidarity of the Iranian nation and a firm response to those statements.

Afkham also denied President Obama's claims over Iran's alleged support for the terrorism describing them "as unfounded and repeated".

"The US which is a supporter of the Zionist regime and encourages terrorist acts is better to answer this question that wasn't it the US and its allies that supported the terrorist groups currently causing tensions in the region by making new crimes on a daily basis?"

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