Iran resistance forced US to accept Iran legitimate nuclear demands: Larijani

The speaker of Iran's parliament (Majlis) says Tehran’s resistance during nuclear talks left no way for Washington but to accept Iran’s legitimate demands.

“The Americans continued to bully us even during the negotiations, but ultimately and thank God, the Islamic Republic of Iran managed to fulfill some of its demands and to put several things in the deal which are in our favor,” Ali Larijani said in an interview with CNN broadcast on Tuesday.

He described as “acceptable” the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, saying Iran’s parliament “will pass its judgment [on the agreement] in a month.”

“In general, I think this is an acceptable agreement. There might be some shortcomings in it, but overall, I think it is a good deal,” the senior Iranian lawmaker added.

Larijani stressed that the conclusion of the nuclear talks can pave the way for more cooperation between Tehran and Washington only in case “the US chooses to adopt a more realistic approach and attitude towards Iran.”

The nuclear agreement “is a beginning for a better understanding for other issues as well - the regional and international issues,” he noted, adding that “because there was not such a proper understanding in the past, there were some challenges between us.”

Tehran and the P5+1 - the US, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany - finalized the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) over the Iranian nuclear program on July 14.

Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.