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Asefi says talks with US not on agenda

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 28, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday that bilateral talks with the United States on Iran's nuclear case is not on agenda.

Addressing domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press briefing, Asefi assessed recent meeting in Vienna between Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei as constructive.

Asked about general outlines of Iran's proposed initiative on the country's nuclear case, which will be offered in the near future, he said, "Recognition of Iran's right to peaceful use of nuclear know-how, providing objective and firm guarantees and willingness to hold talks with the agency are among important points of this initiative.

"During Larijani's visit to Vienna and his meeting with ElBaradei, it was stressed that public opinion could not wait any more and that the IAEA as an expert organization should fulfill its responsibility." The spokesman added, "If the Europeans want to make our case a security one, it will undoubtedly cost more dearly for Europe and the world than for Iran. Europe should have a literature appropriate with its own dignity and dignity of the Islamic Republic."
In response to a question on possibility of referring Iran's nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council in its September 3 meeting, Asefi said, "The IAEA chief will present his report on September 3 session. We do not believe that Iran's case will be sent to the Security Council on that day because there is no justification for such a move."
Asked about Iran's uncertainty about China and Russia using their veto right in favor of the Islamic Republic in case the nuclear is referred to the SC, he said, "We rely on domestic capacities in connection with nuclear issue.

"We will use capacities of all countries for talks but will make utmost use of the country's diplomatic capacity."
Asefi rejected the possibility of Iran requesting these states to support it, saying "We gave no incentives to them. Our cooperation with these states has been based on mutual interest.

"Many individuals in Iran believe China and Russia will not use their veto right on Iran's nuclear dossier in the UN Security Council. It is a serious view."
Asked whether new negotiators would demand suspension of Iran's nuclear activities, as the three European states (France, Germany and Britain) did, he said, "Any other negotiating country should consider our rights. If it ignores our rights and interests, we will not accept."
The spokesman further said resumption of nuclear activities at Natanz is not on the agenda yet, adding, "Behavior of the other sides will be decisive in our future decisions."
Pointing to current visit by the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed al-Sabah to Iran, Asefi said the Kuwaiti minister is visiting Iran to express his country's readiness to cooperate with the new Iranian government.

"Ties between Iran and Kuwait received great boost. Cooperation with Muslim Arab neighbors is among the priorities of the Islamic Republic.

"The issue of Arash oil field should be settled. Iran has presented suggestions while Kuwaitis have their own views. We hope the issue will be settled through dialogue."

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