TEHRAN, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Tehran will not yield to the pressure of sanctions targeting the country's nuclear program, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by Press TV on Wednesday.
"To those who continue to believe that sanctions have brought Iran to the negotiating table, I can only say that...they didn't bring the Iranian people to kneel in submission," Zarif said, adding that the sanctions will never make Iran surrender.
Tehran will not compromise over its nuclear rights in the ongoing negotiations with six world powers, the Iranian foreign minister said in Vienna as the negotiators from Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany reconvened for the sixth round of nuclear talks under a deal reached last November.
In the meantime, Iran is prepared to take solid steps to guarantee that its nuclear program is solely used for peaceful purposes, Zarif said.
Iran and the P5+1, including China, France, Russia, Britain, the United States, and Germany, will continue to negotiate a comprehensive deal on resolving the controversial Iranian nuclear issue in Vienna.
All sides are expected to bring about a comprehensive nuclear agreement before the deadline of July 20 as specified in the November deal.
The fifth round of Iranian nuclear talks concluded on June 20 in Vienna with some progress on drafting the framework of a final deal, while gaps on some topics remained.