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FM: Iran welcomes any constructive proposal by EU3

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 15, IRNA
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a meeting with the EU3 envoys to Tehran here Monday said that Iran will welcome any constructive proposal which will guarantee its legitimate and inalienable right and help solve the nuclear issue and will be ready to talk about it.

According to a report released by the Foreign Ministry Media Department, he referred to Europe's new plans proposed to Iran and said that any call for suspension or interruption of Iran's nuclear program will be irrational and unacceptable adding that it is certain to be rejected.

He urged that any new proposal by Europe should be based on realities and be within logic.

"If Europeans' proposals disregard the two fundamental conditions, including official recognition of Iran's inalienable rights to access nuclear technology and upholding this right, it will end up facing a situation similar to their plan proposed in August 2005," he added.

Mottaki reviewed the process of Iran's transparent and positive cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog and said, "Iran has done its best to this end, but unfortunately Europe's response was not positive. In fact, we proceeded with confidence-building measures unilaterally.

"In the confidence-building path, the EU3 approach proved that our rights are disregarded and that they are not honest in claiming to solve the matter peacefully. Therefore, it is up to the three European countries to go ahead with confidence-building measures."
The minister said that Iran's recent achievement in enrichment and access to nuclear technology is an undeniable and irreversible fact, adding that if Europe acts according to realities, a positive prospect is predicted.

For their part, the ambassadors of France and Britain as well as the German charge d'affaires said that they will convey Iran's views on the issue to their respective officials immediately, while expressing the interest of EU3 in holding talks with Iran.

They admitted that this time the three European countries have attempted to draw up their proposal more accurately and hoped that relevant talks will resume.


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