Tehran: Iran’s nuclear policy is based on the nation’s rights and will not be modified no matter who succeeds President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araghchi said.

The Islamic Republic’s policies, including on its nuclear programme, are based on people’s rights and can’t be compromised under any government, Araghchi told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday. The next government will pursue the same process and defend Iran’s rights.

Iran holds a presidential election on 14 June in which Ahmadinejad isn’t eligible to run.

Araghchi spoke a day before top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meet in Istanbul. The last round of nuclear negotiations between world powers and Iran in April didn’t yield immediate results. Iran maintains its nuclear program is solely civilian while the US says it may be a cover for developing atomic weapons. Bloomberg.

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