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Mottaki: Iran has received no requests for US mediation in talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 11, IRNA
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Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Sunday that Iran has received no requests from the US to give it a part in nuclear negotiations.

Mottaki was answering a question on the possibility of US mediation in nuclear negotiations, during his first press since coming to office in late August.

In response to another question whether Iran will quit the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in case its nuclear dossier is referred to the UN Security Council, he said making political decisions on Iran's nuclear case would actually be a lose-lose game.

Pointing out that Iran's approach to nuclear issue has been based on a win-win game, he said, "Based on this approach, through confidence-building Iran will offer guarantees on the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities to the international community and the European countries which means the negotiators are considered as winners. On the other hand, Iran too, will achieve its legal right.

Answering another question on Iran's nuclear case, he said that referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the Security Council lacks any legal basis, arguing that such a decision would exhibit a political desire behind it.

Saying that he saw no strong reason for taking such a measure, the foreign minister noted that such a decision would definitely have its own outcome.

Asked to say whether the number of countries involved in nuclear negotiations might increase, he said a number of the member states of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) strongly advocated the idea that Iran's case should be dealt with within the IAEA framework.

However, he added, Iran held a favorable attitude toward the idea.

Questioned about Tehran-Beijing relations, Mottaki said that the ties between the two countries have always been based on mutual respect and interests
He said Iran has always welcomed expansion of ties with China.

On President Ahmadinejad's initiative regarding the nuclear negotiations, the foreign minister said that the plan was being worked on currently, adding that its details will be made known to the public in a few days.

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