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Iran-EU3 possible agreement beneficial to all: Australian FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

United Nations, New York, Sept 21, IRNA
Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Tuesday possible agreement between Iran and the three European states on nuclear standoff would be beneficial for all.

In a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on the sidelines of the 60th UN General Assembly meeting, Downer said all states have the right to have access to civilian nuclear technology but confidence-building is also very important.

Australia enjoys good relations with Iran particularly in various economic fields, he said.

He voiced his country's concerns over activities of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, saying Australia calls for a stable Afghanistan.

Pointing to developments in Iraq, the Australian minister said there is a civil war in Iraq, stressing Canberra is aware of Iran's balanced attitude towards Iraq.

Mottaki, for his part, urged the two sides to bolster cooperation in new fields and joint venture.

"We call for implementation of previous agreements. Iran has always had a balanced political strategy to establish stability and peace in the region over the past 27 years.

"The Islamic Republic helped Afghanistan establish stability and go ahead with reconstruction. It has always been against al Qaeda and Taliban due to political divide and their deviation from Islam." He said Iran is willing that all Iraqi groups including Kurds, Arabs, Shia and Sunni Muslims would cooperate with the government in affairs to reinforce democracy and pass national constitution.

Pointing to Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, Mottaki said, "On the atomic issue, there are two important criteria including Iran's right to have peaceful nuclear technology and confidence-building trend as well as providing guarantees by Iran to prevent nuclear technology's deviation to produce nuclear arms.

"Nuclear technology right does not originate from the three European states but stems from the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the IAEA.

"The EU3 called for a two-month deadline and presented proposals which did not recognize Iran's right," Mottaki said.

"They continued their threats in return for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's constructive proposals. If they continue with threat, we will show another reaction," Mottaki said.



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