Larijani Reaffirms Support for Nuclear Deal

Larijani Reaffirms Support for Nuclear DealLarijani Reaffirms Support for Nuclear Deal

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani reiterated his support for the nuclear deal reached with major powers in July by highlighting its merits, citing recognition of Iran's nuclear technology and removal of sanctions under the accord.

"Iran took the right path in nuclear negotiations because our technical achievements in the nuclear field were recognized and pressure on the country was eased," Larijani was quoted as saying by IRNA on Sunday.

The accord was the outcome of about two years of negotiations to grant Iran sanctions relief in return for temporary constraints on its nuclear program.

He chided domestic critics who claim the negotiating team made too many concessions due to the West's pressure.

"The claim that Iran made impulsive decisions under pressure is false because negotiators were in constant consultation with other authorities in the establishment during the talks and all views were first examined. It is not the case that only few people were involved in the talks," he said.

***Need to Revive Economy

Larijani said to enjoy the full benefits of the pact, Iran's economy should be revived.

"A successful policy on international and regional issues hinges on a strong domestic economy," he said.

The senior lawmaker said despite Iran's significant political and defense gains over the past three decades, its economy has slumped.

"Inflation averaged 14% and this has made the people and the country face difficult conditions," he said.

"An average unemployment rate of 20% shows that our economy is suffering from a chronic ailment, which is partly due to poor management and partly our economic structures."

On the issue of regional terrorism, Larijani pointed to the rapid spread of terrorist groups equipped with modern weapons in recent years, noting that it is not a simple problem and will take years to resolve.

"We are facing a deep-rooted phenomenon. We must boost our fighting power for a period of five to six years," he said.