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Ahmadinejad: Iran to initiate solution to fuel cycle stand-off

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 25, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday after parliament's confidence vote to seventeen of his 21 proposed ministers, "We will present our new initiatives (to solve the stand-off with West) regarding (Iran's) peaceful (nuclear) fuel cycle.

Speaking to reporters present at the Majlis, Ahmadinejad added, "I have commissioned the concerned managers in the government, as well as the secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council to prepare the complete and detailed version of our initiative, that would be put forth soon."
He said, "Our policies and demands (regarding Iran's nuclear programs) are quite clear and obvious."
President Ahmadinejad added, "We ask for recognition of the natural right of the Iranian nation in the framework of the internationally approved rules and regulations."
He emphasized, "We seriously and strongly defend the natural rights of our nation."
Iran's new president reiterated, "We want to continue negotiations with all concerned parties and we will continue negotiations." A senior European diplomat said Wednesday the countries opposed to Iran's nucler program are reluctant to send Iran to the Security Council since the IAEA has not found the Islamic Republic formally in non-compliance with nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) safeguards requirements.

The United States has failed, mainly for this reason, in several attempts to win referral to the Council since the IAEA began investigating Iran's nuclear program in February 2003.

But this time Washington will have support from the EU if Iran does not reinstate the suspension.

ElBaradei has said that "the jury is still out" on whether Iran has undeclared nuclear activities, although all the activity it has declared has been verified by IAEA inspections.

Iran on Wednesday stuck by its decision to resume fuel work, in comments a day after EU negotiators Britain, France and Germany announced they had cancelled talks with Iran scheduled for next week in Paris.


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