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Iran will not accept precondition for talks with EU: Nasseri

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Aug 10, IRNA
An Iranian nuclear negotiator here Tuesday voiced Iran's readiness to continue negotiations with the European Union without any preconditions.

Sirous Nasseri, a member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team with the European troika, told reporters that Iran will not accept any precondition for talks with the EU on suspension of its nuclear activities and nuclear fuel cycle.

"Tehran is ready to continue its negotiations with
(representatives of) Germany, France and Britain as long as there is no precondition," he stressed while addressing a press conference held at the end of the first day session of the emergency meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors.

"From now on, Iran will not accept probable promises. Tehran is not willing to wait for possible promises by the Europeans.

"Iran will continue its enrichment activities and is no more ready to suspend the activities on the basis of October 2004 agreement with the EU," Nasseri told reporters.

After two years of negotiations with EU3, Tehran has been disappointed since the three countries have not believed that Iran, on the basis of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), can continue completion of nuclear fuel cycle as part of its peaceful nuclear activities, he noted.

"The IAEA inspectors have finished installing surveillance cameras and the seals that the IAEA had placed on the Isfahan plant should be removed by midday Wednesday," he added.

While Iran has always stressed enrichment and production of peaceful nuclear energy, there is no sign of objective guarantee on production of nuclear energy and enrichment in the EU proposed plan, he said, adding therefore Iran was made to reject the proposal.

"Since there is no document proving violation of peaceful nuclear activities by Iran, Tehran considers enrichment as its legitimate right," he stressed.


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