Expert Urges Empathy With Negotiators

Expert Urges Empathy With Negotiators Expert Urges Empathy With Negotiators

An international affairs analyst called on all people to have "empathy" with the nuclear negotiators as Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has been closely overseeing the talks between Iran and the major powers over Tehran's nuclear program, which led to a framework agreement on Thursday.

"In view of the close supervision of the negotiations by the Supreme Leader and the careful examination of the details by the foreign minister, all should show empathy with the negotiating team," Ali Khorram told ISNA on Saturday.

He rejected the allegation of discrepancies by some domestic critics between the joint statement drawn up in English and its Persian version read out by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday to announce a landmark understanding reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) on the outline of a final nuclear deal aiming to resolve the 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear work.

"I listened to the English text (of the statement) read by Mogherini and its Persian translation by Mr. Zarif. I am confident they were absolutely identical."

The political analyst criticized the opponents for their unfair criticisms, saying they are the ones who are to be held accountable for the referral of Iran's case to the United Nations Security Council and the consequent resolutions passed against the country.

"(They) caused Iran's nuclear case to be referred to the Security Council and the resolutions against Iran to be passed. This is while (President Hassan) Rouhani and Mr. Zarif are trying to rectify (the critics') mistakes under the Leader's supervision," Khorram said, calling on the opponents to come up with "expert opinions".

Elsewhere, he noted what he had inferred from Zarif's remarks that it was agreed with the other side that the parties to the nuclear talks will present their own interpretations of the joint statement to their domestic audiences, saying, "(Given this,) it was not hard to expect (US President Barak) Obama to make such harsh remarks about Iran."