Stop killing time on nuclear talks, Iranian leaders say

Nov. 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM
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TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Iranian lawmakers said Wednesday they'd reconsider their agreements with the IAEA if negotiators in Geneva, Switzerland, continue killing time.

Parliament issued a statement Wednesday as representatives from United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Iran sit down for nuclear talks in Geneva. Iranian lawmakers said they were standing in support of Iran's right to peaceful nuclear activity.

"If [Western negotiators] want to turn the negotiations into an attrition and time-killing process, the Iranian parliament will take decisions based on the Iranian nation's demands and will even reconsider its new cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency," a statement published by the semiofficial Fars News Agency read.

Iran and the IAEA agreed last week to "strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program."

Lawmakers said they'd consider legislation supporting uranium enrichment to 20 percent purity during their Thursday session. Iran's adversaries say that level of purity is an indication of a program geared toward weaponization though Iran says it needs the uranium for medical research and "for possible trade in the global market," Fars reported.

Washington said it would consider pausing sanctions pressure on Iran in exchange for nuclear concessions. Bipartisan leaders from the House Foreign Affairs Committee issued a statement Tuesday to President Obama saying the U.S. government "must sustain economic pressure and consequent political pressure on the Iranian regime."

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