Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic will never slow down its nuclear research program, urging his negotiators to remain stern when dealing with world powers over the country’s nuclear program.
“These negotiations should continue,” he told nuclear scientists in Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported. “But all should know that negotiations will not stop or slow down any of Iran’s activities in nuclear research and development.”
“The country’s nuclear achievements can’t be stopped, and no one has the right to bargain over it,” he added.
The negotiators from Iran and the so-called P5-plus-one – the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – plan after their two days of talks in Vienna to start drafting the agreement to meet a self-imposed July 20 deadline, according to Reuters.
They will begin their next round of talks in the Austrian capital on May 13, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, coordinating the talks for the powers, told reporters while standing next to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif.
“A lot of intensive work will be required to overcome the differences,” she said. “We will now move to the next phase in the negotiations in which we will aim to bridge the gaps in all the key areas and work on the concrete elements of a possible comprehensive agreement.”
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