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Ahmadinejad's new initiative to be finalized in two weeks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 28, IRNA
The new initiative of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tehran's nuclear issue has been studied in four sessions of the secretariat of Supreme National Security Council but more meetings will be held both this week and next to finalize the proposal.

Spokesman for Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Aqa- Mohammadi told IRNA that the president's proposal is basically aimed at breaking the deadlock following Iran's resumption of uranium conversion facility (UCF) in Isfahan.

Aqa-Mohammadi said the initiative was aimed at lifting barriers to talks between Iran and Europe.

He said since the initiative needs to be offered at an appropriate time and after being studied throroughly, it has been sent to the SNSC secretariat for further scrutiny.

He added that the idea will be studied at the SNSC both this and next weeks to prepare the ground for its presentation and

The proposal deals with Tehran's nuclear issues in an strategic way, he added.

The ministers of interior, information and foreign affairs, who are all the SNSC members, have been newly elected and therefore the composition of the Council has changed drastically, he said, adding that this indicates that any stance on the country's nucler program should be taken through consensus among the council members.

On likely change in Iran's negotiation partners, Aqa-Mohammadi said, "In talks with Europe over the past 25 months, we have given the latter enough chances but they eventually presented a proposal which was unilateral and restricted."
He said Tehran dismisses Europe's "unacceptable" proposal and in a letter, Tehran has called on the European partners to appologize the Iranian nation for such a proposal.

He said other countries might be allowed to enter nuclear talks with Iran.

The non-aligned states that have always supported Tehran and other European states can also be present in the talks, concluded Aqa-Mohammadi.



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