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Iran to respond to Europe Monday: Asefi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 7, IRNA
Iran is working on its response to the European proposal on Iran's nuclear dossier and will submit it on Monday, said a senior Iranian official Sunday.

"Iran has examined the European proposals on the nuclear case and is now preparing its response and will give it to the Europeans by tomorrow," said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.

In his weekly press conference, he stressed, "The proposed package is not acceptable to Iran because important issues including fuel cycle and objective guarantees have not been mentioned in the European plan."
There is also no mention of firm guarantees in political, security and economic fields by the Europeans in the package, he said.

The Europeans have excluded the fuel cycle in their proposal, he said, adding, "It is more color than content."
Asked when Iran will resume nuclear activities at Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facilities (UCF), he said a technical inspector from the International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to arrive in Iran Monday and will go to Isfahan along with IAEA safeguard team who are currently in Iran.

Cameras and complementary surveillance equipment will be installed and nuclear activities would then resume at the UCF, he noted.

Asefi said Iran refused to accept the Europeans' proposal because it runs counter to Paris and Tehran declarations as well as the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"We will not give up our legal rights but are still ready to negotiate with the Europeans.

"We will be resolute, serious and motivated in preserving our legal and inalienable rights as has been the case throughout the talks."
He rejected western propaganda that Iran is trying to build nuclear bomb as "sheer lie."
"The Islamic Republic has never sought development of nuclear weapons. Enrichment is still suspended in Iran. Activities at Isfahan's Natanz are not on the agenda yet."
Asked about the IAEA Board of Governors' extraordinary meeting, scheduled to be held on Tuesday to discuss Iran's nuclear case, as well as the Europeans' threats on sending the dossier to the UN Security Council, Asefi said the call for holding the meeting has no legal base.

"But we are not concerned and are ready for everything.

"Iran is not much familiar with the language of threat. Threat against Iran would not bear any fruits. We recommend the Europeans to act wisely and give up the language of threat."

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