“The only thing that really made the framework possible was first, the US agreed to Iran to have [uranium] enrichment for its domestic practical needs,” Mousavian stated on Wednesday.
The former head of the Iranian National Security Council argued that because of the concessions on enrichment, “Iran was willing to give every confidence building measure” to prove its nuclear program is not intended for weaponization.
US lawmakers have wrongfully attributed Iran’s willingness to negotiate to the tough economic sanctions imposed on the country, Mousavian explained.
“This narrative still has not been corrected in the US Congress,” he said. “US Congressmen say…Iran only came to deal because of sanctions pressures. There is a big misunderstanding.”
Rather than facilitating negotiations, further coercion by the United States “would make Iran more aggressive,” Mousavian warned. “If there is more opening up, more cooperation, Iranians, they make a deal.”