Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says ‘colonialist’ West ‘will not bring Iran to its knees’ – Telegraph.co.uk

But he also vowed that Iran will not relinquish its right to nuclear
capability.

“Our nuclear rights should be admitted by the world,” Rouhani said. “We
will continue the talks.”

Mojtaba Fathi, a Tehran-based analyst, believed the extension of the talks
means that “the sanctions will not increase against Iran and a
reduction of the sanctions is possible while it has its own nuclear program
on the ground. This has added to hopes for solving the case.”

Iranian MPs on Tuesday showed a mixture of cautious optimism and defiance.

Vice-chairman of the parliament, Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard, said the US
is not trustworthy since Washington “sacrifices” its national
interests for Israel, but he still voiced support for further nuclear talks.
Parliamentarians in attendance responded to his remarks by chanting: “Down
with America.”

Mansour Haghighatpour, a member of the parliamentary committee on national
security and foreign policy, told The Associated Press that the extension of
the talks proves that “Iran does not give in its long-term interests”.

“Our national interests should remain intact,” said Haghighatpour. “We
had never pinned our hopes to the deal.”

The United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, have engaged in
intensive negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme. Tehran has denied its
nuclear research has any sort of military dimension, saying it is focused on
peaceful uses like power generation and medical treatments.

Edited by Barney Henderson

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