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interview Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Bosnia and Herzegovina with FBiH News Agency (FENA)

 

  

SARAJEVO, April 13 (FENA) – In early April Iran and the world powers made a historic step by signing the framwork agreement on Iran's nuclear activities which opened the path towards achieving a lasting decade-long problem.

Interviewer: Lejla Nuhanović

In an interview for the FBiH News Agency (FENA), the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Seyed Hossein Rajabi, commented on the current status of the negotiations, possible outcomes and steps Iran will take.

“The opinion of the Islamic Republic of Iran is based on cooperation and interaction since the very beginning and we have always expressed our good will. The Lausanne Declaration is a step forward on that path. Sanctions, pressure and threats are being removed. During the negotiations, we have never aspired to anyone’s defeat, we aspire to exercising legal rights and to negotiations in which every side would be a winner,” said the Ambassador.

After it was announced that an agreement has been reached, US Republicans objected the agreement, claiming that the conditions are too soft, while Iranian hardliners think that the agreement is more suitable for Western powers.

Regarding these contradictory, but negative reactions, the Ambassador reiterated that Iran never did and never will aspire to the production of nuclear weapons.

“Unlike some countries in the Middle East region which did not become members of the International Atomic Energy Agency and which disregard international law, since the beginning of its membership of the agency, we accepted our international obligations and we have even done more in the field of permanent inspection in the past 14 years for the sake of greater transparency in the field than what derives from our international obligations and regulations of the International Agency for Atomic Energy,” said Ambassador Rajabi.

He reminded of the fatwa issued by the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, which expressly prohibits the use of a nuclear program for military purposes. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated his opinion on the framework agreement on Thursday, a week after the signing of the agreement, saying that nothing is yet finalized and that he is not against, not in favor of the agreement.

When asked in what way this attitude of the highest Iranian official could affect further negotiations, the Iranian Ambassador said that the “Leader of the Islamic Revolution is compliant with the negotiations since the very beginning and, in regard to the Lausanne Declaration, he said that nothing has happened so far in order for him to accept or reject anything. We need to wait for the final negotiations in the near future. He has never rejected the negotiations.”

“Considering the bad experiences regarding the negotiations with Americans, he has not been very optimistic that Americans will keep their word this time, i.e. that they will respect the agreement. The Leader of Iran supported our side at the negotiations,” he added.

The United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is to vote on a bill that would give Congress a chance to weigh in on any final nuclear agreement that can be reached with Iran. The bill will force Obama to submit the final agreement with Iran to the Congress for review and approval. This bill, which is supported by many Republicans and some Democrats, would disable Obama to suspend sanctions to Iran during the 60-day review in the Congress.

In that period, Congress could either approve or reject the deal with Iran. They need 67 votes in order to invalidate Obama’s veto and the President said that this vote could undermine the achieved progress with Iran. Besides that, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading a fierce campaign against conditions stated in theagreement with Iran in the US media.

When asked to comment the potential scenario of non-approval of the final agreement, the Ambassador said that “Israel has always put pressure on negotiators and it keeps doing that. The warmongering speech that Netanyahu gave at the US Senate is ironic since it is only a show for the public. They have killed our scientists and they do not hesitate to stain the image of Iran in the world. However, the world realized that Iran is truthful and that hardliners and opponents to negotiations do not have a real perspective.”

“Today the P5+1 countries improved their approach towards Iran because they realized that illegal and wrong sanctions and pressure cannot force a great and proud Muslim people to surrender, a people which is an architect of history and culture. We hope that the last step for a final solution of this issue will be done before June 30,” said the Iranian Ambassador.

Western sanctions have had a great influence on the Iranian economy and, hence, on the standard of living of the Iranian people. One of the requirements Iran had within the framework agreement is the abolition of sanctions while Western powers promised they will respect that as soon as they get the guarantee that Teheran will oblige to the agreement.

“From the perspective of the world community which has faced an economic crisis and unemployment, in this period, economic capacities of the Iranian society with a population of over 80 million did not remain hidden and many European, Asian and American companies are working on securing the presence and to use the provided opportunity,” said the Ambassador, adding that the framework agreement opened the door for foreign investment.

The potential suspension of sanctions to Iran will enable this country to enter the global nuclear fuel market.

“Details of the agreement have not yet been announced. However, Iran does have the need to build more nuclear power plants. It needs to secure its domestic needs for nuclear fuel within the country. Currently, due to domestic needs for nuclear fuel, Iran does not have the intention to export it,” he said.

In the last couple of years, there is an evident increase in terrorist activities in the Middle East region. After the electoral victory of the moderate candidate Hassan Rouhani, there was progress in the building of trust between Iran and Western powers.

Asked whether the combination of these two factors helped the West to reconsider Iran as a potential ally in the fight against terrorism, the Ambassador said that Iran was itself a victim of terrorism since, as he claims, the neighboring countries and some individual countries provided support to terrorist organizations, such as the People's Mujahedin of Iran, especially during the reign of Saddam Hussein.

“Considering the experience Iran has on that field, in connection to the support of the Western countries to terrorist groups, he always suggested to Western countries and countries in the Middle East to stop such practices, to stop supporting terrorist organizations. Unfortunately, some countries in the Middle East region played an important role in the formation of terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra Front, and ISIS by providing material and logistic support and in that way, they secured certain territories to them and enabled them to enter Syria and Iraq. Besides that, some Western countries helped in spreading these groups,” said the Ambassador.

Talking about what kind of solution Iran offers for the crisis in Yemen, the Ambassador claims that Iran is investing efforts in finding a peaceful solution for the crisis in this country.

“We urge friendship, fraternity, peace and security in all countries in the region and ask all of them to provide support to one another and to establish peace in Yemen and to help the people of this country and be aware that the people will create the future of Yemen and not other countries. The attitude of the Islamic Republic of Iran about all countries, including Yemen, is reflected in stopping offensives and foreign interventions against the people of this country. Mutual cooperation and interaction of parties and peoples and government formations with participation from all parties and groups is the only solution for the crisis in Yemen. All countries should help in this,” said the Ambassador.

When asked about Tehran’s view of the attitude of Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding the signing of the nuclear framework with Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Iranian diplomat said that he is pleased that our country supported the agreement.

“That is an indicator of how much attention BiH foreign policy pays towards international issues,” he said.

In an interview with FENA, the Ambassador congratulated us on the recent government formation in BiH and welcomed constructive proposals of the BiH authorities in developing bilateral relations in this newly created environment.

“The country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has had solid relations with Iran, which proved helpful during the war in BiH, should not be on the back end when it comes to economic and investment relations with Iran because the people of these two countries should have the maximum use out of this environment,” concluded the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran Seyed Hossein Rajabi, expressing hope that it will come to the improvement of economic and trade relations of his country with BiH.

 

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