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NAM calls for resumption of Iran-EU talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Aug 10, IRNA
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The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member states called on Iran and the European Union (EU) to continue negotiations and reach an acceptable and durable solution to Iran's nuclear program.

In a statement read by Malaysian representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the NAM member states expressed their opposition to referral of Iran to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), calling for settling the differences peacefully.

The statement regarded peaceful use of nuclear energy as an absolute right of all countries including Iran.

The IAEA Board of Governors held an emergency meeting on Iran at the its headquarters in Vienna on Tuesday evening in the presence of the agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei and representatives of 35 member states.

The NAM member states pointed to Iran's voluntary suspension of nuclear activities during the past two years and said the measure should not deprive Iran of its legal right to develop nuclear energy.

The statement stressed the countries' voluntary and
confidence-building measures should not turn into an obligation and prevention of atomic energy use.

It also hailed the role played by the European Union particularly France, Germany, and Britain in holding talks with Iran to find an appropriate solution to the nuclear case.

NAM expressed hope the IAEA would find a solution to Iran's nuclear case.

Meanwhile, Australian ambassador to the IAEA, here Tuesday expressed his regret over Iran's opposition to the EU proposals on the country's nuclear program.

Representing the EU, the troika, Britain, Germany, and France, offered their proposals dismissed by Iran as unacceptable.

The trio urged Iran to give up nuclear fuel cycle, but Tehran rejected the proposals, resuming certain work at Isfahan Uranium Conversion (UCF) Monday.

Addressing the IAEA Board of Governors' emergency meeting, the Australian official voiced his country's support for suspension of Iran's nuclear activities and stressed the importance of finding a permanent and long-term agreement between Iran and the EU.

He said the EU's package was an appropriate opportunity for Iran to obtain its interests and return to the international community.

Iran had the chance to prepare the ground for using nuclear energy in various fields of research and power generation.

He stressed speedy suspension of Iran's nuclear activities at the UCF.

The French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman in Paris on Tuesday expressed hope nuclear talks between the EU trio and Iran would be resumed within the framework of Paris Agreement and the IAEA resolutions.

Talking to IRNA in an exclusive interview, the spokeswoman said Iran's nuclear dossier would not be sent to the UNSC at this juncture because the Board of Governors has yet to make decision in this regard.

Asked about Iran's transparent nuclear activities and the IAEA supervision on uranium enrichment, she welcomed any transparency in the nuclear case.

The spokeswoman stressed resumption of nuclear talks with Tehran and attempt to find peaceful solutions as the best options for Paris.

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