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Iran receives no new proposal from Europe: Asefi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 14, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday said Iran has not yet received any new proposal from Europe on its nuclear case.

Asefi made the comment while addressing domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference.

"According to news, European states are to discuss such a proposal on Monday," he said.

"Iran will never give up its rights," he said and proposed the Europeans to take Iran's two main conditions into consideration in their new offer.

"The proposal should officially recognize Iran's (nuclear) rights and guarantee ways to attain and restore them," he said.

Asked about recent remark by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei that Iran's nuclear case should be discussed at the agency, he added, "ElBaradei's remark was based on realities.

"ElBaradei and the IAEA have also announced that all nuclear sites in Iran have been inspected.

"It means the Islamic Republic of Iran has never been diverted from its peaceful purposes."
The spokesman added, "Probe into Iran's case at any organization except the IAEA will be politically-motivated and illegal. It will have no justification.

"The Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) clarifies rights of signatories. The rights include access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

"Nuclear technology should be officially recognized because Iran is a signatory to the NPT. No discriminatory attitude should be adopted on the case."


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