Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan underlined that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has come to realize that the allegations raised by enemies and the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, PMOI and NCRI) against Tehran’s nuclear program have all been fake and wrong.
“Today, the IAEA has come to this conclusion that all the information that our enemies and Monafeqin (hypocrites as the MKO members are called in Iran) provided to them are unfounded and whatever they have stated have all been fabricated accusations since we proved that whatever presented by them are false and fake,” Dehqan said, addressing a gathering of Basij (volunteer) forces in Tehran on Monday.
He referred to the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) the last day of which was held in Vienna today, and said, “It wasn’t the sanctions which pushed us to the negotiating table; rather we just wanted to prove that we don’t want anything but our rights, and that the westerners are bullying.”
“The Islamic Republic also displayed to the world (through these talks) that its redlines cannot be threatened at all,” Dehqan said.
His remarks came as informed sources in Vienna, where the nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers ended less than an hour ago, said that the two sides have agreed on extending the deadline for negotiations by July.
Informed sources told FNA that the Geneva agreement inked by Iran and the G5+1 in November 24 would be extended once more.
Sources said the talks have been extended until July 10, and the world powers have taken up to release $700 million of Iran’s frozen assets on a monthly basis.
The foreign ministers of the G5+1 are expected to declare the issue in a statement in hours.
The 10th and last round of negotiations between Iran and six world powers were held in Vienna.
In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.