Iran Supreme Leader Khamenei: '10-year-Long Nuclear Restrictions Unacceptable'(Fars).
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday Tehran will neither agree with a 10-year-long restriction on its nuclear activities nor IAEA verification of its undertakings as acceptable terms for a deal with the world powers.
"The Americans are seeking to destroy Iran's nuclear industry and on the opposite side everyone in Iran, including me myself, the government, the parliament, the judiciary, the security and military bodies and all other bodies, are after a good agreement, that is a fair, just and honorable deal in line with Iran's interests, while stressing on (the country's) redlines," the Supreme Leader said, addressing a meeting with heads of the three branches of power and senior state and military officials, where he elaborated on Iran's redlines and policies in the nuclear talks in explicit words.
The Iranian leader first reminded the history of the negotiations, and said Iran started talks with Washington over its nuclear issue after the US president urged Tehran during the former Iranian administration via a third party to start bilateral talks.
He said the US realized it had been left with no other option but to raise such a request after it saw that all its heavy pressures on Tehran had failed to bring the country to its knee.
Ayatollah Khamenei said while the Americans had vowed to terminate all the sanctions in 6 months, when the talks started "the Americans changed the 6 months to one year first, and then lengthened the negotiations by making repeated excessive demands and even threats to boost the sanctions and speaking of militarism and on and under the table".
The Iranian Leader then presented his assessment of the trend of the talks, and said, "Contemplation and study over the trend of the demands made by the Americans shows that they aim to uproot Iran's nuclear industry and the country's nuclear essence and change it to a caricature and a window without a content."
He said "the Americans mean to destroy Iran's nuclear industry ... and somehow keep the pressures and sanctions at the same time".
Ayatollah Khamenei said Washington's main objective is to make Iran surrender and become a dependent nation, specially considering that Iran is a role model for other countries, and they renege and bargain so frequently and break their promises so often for the very same purpose.
He said negotiation and deal means give and take, but "we have stated since the very beginning that we want the cruel sanctions be removed, of course, we accept to give some points in return but on the condition that the nuclear industry is not halted or harmed".
Elaborating on the redlines, he said, "Opposite to what the Americans insist on, we do not accept long-term 10 to 12 years restrictions and we have told them the acceptable number of years for limitations."
Ayatollah Khamenei described continued nuclear research and development during the period of limited nuclear activities as Iran's second redline, saying "They say that we shouldn't do anything in the 12-year period, but this a doubly wrong and bullying word."
He then pointed to Iran's third redline, and said, "All the economic, financial and banking sanctions, no matter they are related to the Security Council or the US Congress or the US administration, should be terminated immediately and right at the time when the agreement is endorsed, and the rest of the sanctions should also be removed in rational intervals."
The Leader said the US has put forward a complicated, multi-layered and estrange formula for the termination of the sanctions with no guaranteed result for Iran, "but we state our points in very explicit terms".
"Termination of the sanctions should depend on the fulfillment of Iran's undertakings; they should avoid saying that we should do our undertakings and then the Agency (IAEA) needs to verify them before the sanctions are removed, (because) we absolutely do not accept such a thing," he underscored.
The Iranian Leader further reiterated that sanctions removal by the powers should correspond to the undertakings that are fulfilled by Iran, meaning that the sanctions that are to be removed should carry the same weight, value and arrangement of the undertakings that Iran fulfills.
"We oppose the condition that fulfillment of the opposite side's undertakings depend on the IAEA (verification) report because the Agency has proved time and again that it is not independent and fair; hence we have a pessimistic view about it," he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said the West says before removing the sanctions 'the Agency should be ensured', "what an irrational word this is, how could it make sure, unless it inspects every inch of this land."
He then reiterated his definite opposition to "unconventional inspections, interrogation of Iranian figures and inspection of military centers", citing them as among Iran's other redlines.
The Iranian Supreme Leader underlined that Iran would never accept a deal at any price, saying, "We are seeking to remove the sanctions, but we see them as an opportunity from a different angle because they have caused us to pay more attention to domestic forces and capacities."
His remarks came as Iran and the world powers are trying to work out a comprehensive agreement before the July 1 deadline and the latest reports from the negotiations say that removal of the sanctions by the West has slowed down progress in drafting the final deal.
On Monday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and deputy lead negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi complained that progress in the negotiations was not made as expected.
"The differences which exist on the text of (a final) agreement have lessened, but progress is not made as expected," Araqchi said in an interview with the state TV on Monday.
He said the July 1 deadline is not the final date and the seven delegations would hold talks a few more days beyond the deadline if necessary. Hmmmm.....Yup he doesn't have ten years left, still wants to see that first nuke blow, before he kicks the bucket.