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Iran rejects EU call to suspend Isfahan activities: Asefi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 24, IRNA
Iran has refused to accept a call by the European side on suspension of activities at Isfahan UCF to hold the scheduled talks on August 31, a senior Iranian official said here Wednesday.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi, who is also deputy foreign minister for parliamentary and legal affairs, told IRNA, "The performance of the Europeans indicates they are following other objectives from negotiations with Iran.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced from the outset it seeks settlement of the issue through negotiation, but a negotiation which reinforces and ensures Iran's rights and which does not have any preconditions," he said.

The spokesman added, "Contrary to claims made by the Europeans, it was not Iran that violated the Paris Agreement but the Europeans themselves practically breached the agreement by ignoring Iran's rights and refraining from providing firm guarantees.

"The Europeans, who interpreted and violated the Paris Agreement unilaterally, are to blame because activities in Isfahan (Uranium Conversion Unit) have nothing to do with enrichment and do not violate regulations or the Paris Agreement."
He stressed, "By negotiation, the Islamic Republic does not mean just holding talks. We still believe negotiations should restore and guarantee Iran's rights to have access to peaceful nuclear technology."

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