Interaction With P5+1 Timely, Measured

Interaction With P5+1 Timely, MeasuredInteraction With P5+1 Timely, Measured

The Majlis speaker backed the nuclear deal clinched with major powers last month as the outcome of the establishment's "timely" and "considered" decision to engage in negotiations.

"The establishment's decision to enter the nuclear talks was timely and considered," Ali Larijani said in his speech at a conference on Iran's international role in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Monday.

"I believe the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran has acted correctly on strategic issues," ISNA quoted him as saying.

Despite its initial refusal, the West was eventually compelled to recognize Tehran's right to uranium enrichment due to Iran's insistence on its positions, Larijani stated.

"The West has acknowledged the reality that pressure cannot make Iran compromise its positions."

"World powers intended to impose a (total) ban on our nuclear technology, but they failed in the face of the resistance from the Leader of the Islamic Revolution," the senior lawmaker noted.

The July 14 nuclear accord with the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany), concluded after about 20 months of negotiations, will place temporary limits on Tehran's nuclear work in exchange for removal of the sanctions by the UNSC, the United States and the European Union.

Larijani said the gains the establishment has achieved through its effective policies on the nuclear issue and the region should be exploited to protect the interests of Muslims.

Pointing to the Islamic Awakening sweeping the region, he said it could never be contained as former dictator Mohammad Reza Pahlavi failed to repress the popular movement leading to the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

"The Islamic Revolution revived societies, assuring them that they can stand on their own feet … and assert their rights."

Larijani added that it is essential to promote Islamic culture and thought in societies suffering from lack of spirituality.