Takht-Ravanchi said, during an interview with ILNA, a state news agency affiliated with Rouhani, “We shall not abandon our red lines in human rights negotiations. We have told them too that we have redlines in some aspects. When the issue of executions are discussed, I will say that we do execute capital punishment in the context of our laws, and this is not something that we could leave aside… this is clear both to us and to them. Aside from this, there are issues that through interaction we can bring views closer together … of course, in some areas that we have the explicit command of the Quran, like Qesas (retaliation), they are not issues that diplomats could bring their views together through different methods.” 

He said further, “Iran-phobia has gained a foothold in the West over years. This is partly due to the issue of human rights. By interaction we can defeat the attempts our enemies have made for Iran-phobia.” 

Regarding the negotiation, Takht-Ravanchi  stated, according to ILNA on November 12, “is a lengthy process for both parties to reach a mutual understanding… I’m not of course estimating the length of the negotiations. Our move might take two, three or even four years.” 

The Iranian Resistance responded, emphasizing that it’s been three decades of executions, torture, and killing under this regime, and demanded sanctions and punishments for its crimes against humanity.