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Any offer must recognize Iran's right to peaceful atomic work

RIA Novosti

14/05/2006 14:10

TEHRAN, May 14 (RIA Novosti) - Any nuclear offer to Iran must recognize its right to peaceful atomic energy, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Sunday.

Three European states (Great Britain, France and Germany) are drafting political, economic and security incentives to offer Iran in return for its consent to halt uranium enrichment work.

"The proposal by the Europeans must officially recognize Iran's rights (to peaceful atomic work) and provide for ways to ensure these rights," Asefi said.

The United States and other Western nations accuse Iran of carrying out its nuclear program as a cover for the production of weapons but Iran insists its program is meant for peaceful purposes.

The U.S., France and Britain are pressing for a new binding UN Security Council resolution to get Iran to abandon its controversial nuclear program. Russia and China say the issue should be resolved through diplomacy.

Asefi also said the Iran nuclear file should stay with the UN nuclear watchdog and its discussion at other international institutions would not bring any benefits.


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