Iran ready to hold purposeful talks on nuclear case: Larijani
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Sept 19, IRNA
Iran is ready to hold purposeful talks on its nuclear case with European and non-European states within a specific framework, a senior Iranian nuclear official said here Sunday night.
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, made the remark while talking to reporters at Tehran's international Mehrabad airport upon his arrival here from New York.
Larijani added, "We will continue our negotiations within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
"If in negotiations, one party does not accept logical principles, it is that party which should be accountable."
He stated that powerful states strive to exert their influence on Iran's resolve by relying on their own power but they cannot achieve what they want legally and within technical framework unless they take resort to covert political dealings.
"In our proposed plan on peaceful nuclear activities, we accepted partnership of state and private sectors of other countries in our enrichment activities," he said.
No other party would accept to put the activities of its enrichment installations at the disposal of private and state sectors of other countries, he said.
"Iran has accepted the NPT and the IAEA regulations and is willing to continue negotiations," Larijani added.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday Iran was cooperating "sufficiently" with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Talking to Fox News, Putin added that sanctions would be tough and cause more problems.
The Iranian side has currently a sufficient cooperation with the IAEA, he said, adding this was confirmed by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
"Today the Iranian side is working sufficiently in cooperation with the IAEA. So let's proceed with the circumstances of today," Putin said.
The Russian president said that during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in New York last week, "He assured me that the Iranian side wants to continue negotiations with the European three at least, and we are going to proceed from there."
Asked about Moscow's stance on the US and the European Union efforts to send Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council, he said this issue is possible but voting in the IAEA Board of Governors and cooperating with the UNSC will be also another option.
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