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MOSCOW, APRIL 3, 2015. PIR PRESS –If we are negotiating with the West that does not mean that our position regarding western dominance and interference in the Middle East has changed. Iran is not willing to give up its independent politics for any price. Iran’s eight-year resistance during a forcible war and its firmness in the question of peaceful use of nuclear energy are examples of such an Iranian approach. Resistance and evasion of sanctions are a witness to the independence of Iran. If Iran were to rely on the West, then we could not endure western pressure,” –  Seyed Alinaghi (Kamal) Kharrazi, the Head of the Strategic Council of Public Relations under the administration of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  

On April 2, 2015, in Lausanne, Switzerland, the parties completed another stage of negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program. P5+1 and Iran managed to agree on the Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Nuclear Program of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The parameters will form the basis of a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program, which is to be signed by the end of June 2015.  

Despite the fact that the harmonization of positions on the Iranian nuclear program is a major success, it would be wrong to assume that the conclusion of an agreement between the P5+1 and Iran will also help to quickly resolve other regional conflicts.

On March 20, 2014, PIR Center experts and Advisory Board members together with the representatives of the Institute of Actual and International Issues of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation met with Dr. Seyed Alinaghi (Kamal) Kharrazi the Head of the Strategic Council of Public Relations under the administration of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Foreign Minister of Iran in 1997-2005.

The Iranian Ambassador to Russia Dr. Mehdi Sanaei also participated in the meeting.

The discussion was devoted to the development of the situation around the Iranian nuclear program in the wide context of the global and regional situation. Characterizing the negotiations and perspectives of the development of relations with Iran and the West, Dr. Kharrazi said, “If we are negotiating with the West that does not mean that our position regarding western dominance and interference in the Middle East has changed. Iran is not willing to give up its independent politics for any price. Iran’s eight-year resistance during a forcible war and its firmness in the question of peaceful use of nuclear energy are examples of such an Iranian approach. Resistance and evasion of sanctions are a witness to the independence of Iran. If Iran were to rely on the West, then we could not endure western pressure.”

In his comment, PIR Center Director Dr. Vladimir Orlov noted there is a need for "stronger cooperation between Russia and Iran in the context of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The SCO is developing actively, but there is a certain emptiness, definitely related to the fact that Iran is not still a full member of the SCO, and it should be fixed, I think".

Commenting on the influence of American internal politics on the progress of the negotiations, Dr. Kharrazi said, “Some think that reformation of the relations with Iran in the nuclear sphere is an object of special interest for the American president. I am convinced that it is a historical determinant. Iran’s situation requires Americans to reform their relations with Iran. Even if in the next elections the opponents to Obama, the Republicans, will come to power, they will have no other choice than to look at Iran in a new light as the most stable country in the Middle East.”

Answering a question on the positions of the administration of President Rouhani, Dr. Kharrazi highlighted, “I believe that the actions of Mr. Rouhani and his government will be successful. Mr. Rouhani have for many years worked with the Supreme Leader of Iran and has his trust. The choice of the slogan ‘A government of prudence and hope’ is a worthy choice for this government.”

The full text of the speech of Dr. Kharazzi and answers to the questions (in Russian) can be found in the latest issue of Yaderny Kontrol electronic newsletter.

Latest PIR Center’s expert comments on the Iranian nuclear issue are available on the website of the Kommersant newspaper and RBC TV.

PIR Center is closely monitoring the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program as part of its project: "Iran's Nuclear program and Russia's interests".

For questions regarding the project, please contact the PIR Center “Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation” Program Director Andrey Baklitskiy by telephone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or email at baklitsky at pircenter.org.

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