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Iran not to suspend work at Isfahan UCF: Mottaki

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 11, IRNA
Iran-Nuclear-FM
Iran will not suspend nuclear activities at Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) as a precondition for continuation of negotiations (with Europe), Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Sunday.

Mottaki made the remark while talking to domestic and foreign reporters in his first press conference.

Mottaki received a vote of confidence from Majlis as foreign minister on August 24. Out of 284 deputies, 220 voted in his favor.

"Talks with member states of the European Union and the IAEA Board of Governors are underway. Our emphasis is laid on the continuation of negotiations with respect to restoring our legal rights for having access to peaceful nuclear energy."
Asked about the possibility of referral of Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council, he said, "There is no legal reason for such a measure. Iran has offered the necessary cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and has not spared any cooperation with the agency towards confidence-build and transparency of its activities."
In response to a question on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's proposed plan on Iran's nuclear case, the minister said, "As President Ahmadinejad has announced, he is following a new idea on the nuclear issue aimed at preparing grounds for further cooperation.

it is being codified at present."
"The president will bring forth his plan during his visit to New York when he attends the UN summit of world leaders and in his bilateral and multilateral meetings with senior officials of the United Nations, the European Union and certain member states of the Board of Governors."
Active political and diplomatic presence in various international arena is one of our main policies, he said.

"The president will attend the summit and will also deliver a speech," he added.

Mottaki said that visas have been issued for most of those accompanying the president in his UN visit. There are tiny issues and problems that will be resolved within a few days, he added.

Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel decided not to participate in the Second World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments
following the US procrastination in issuing visa for him.

"Parliament speakers of member states of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, in a strong statement, condemned this US measure."
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