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Iran welcomes proposals to settle nuclear issue that recognize its N-rights: FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 17, IRNA
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Tuesday said that Iran was open to any proposal to resolve the nuclear issue as long as it acknowledges its legal and inalienable right to pursue nuclear energy under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Mottaki made the remarks at a meeting with ambassadors and heads of foreign missions in Tehran as he explained Iran's stance in the current dispute on its peaceful nuclear activities.

"Any offer to peacefully settle Iran's nuclear case should include two points: it should officially recognize Iran's right to nuclear energy under the NPT and ensure enforcement of this right." He said Iran will welcome any proposal that will include the two indispensable components.

The offer itself will be a good starting point for resumption of serious talks to find a solution that will not deny Iran's right to pursue peaceful nuclear energy, he said.

Any proposal that does not include those two points undoubtedly will not be accepted, he added.

"We urge the Europeans not to repeat previous mistakes." The minister reminded that "confidence-building is a two-way process."
"We have fulfilled all our commitments and ask nothing beyond our rights under regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the NPT," he added.

Pointing to measures already taken by Iran to remove concerns, he promised that any positive proposal by Europe that acknowledges Iran's rights and current realities will usher in a "bright prospect for settling Iran's nuclear case and for resuming cooperation with other countries to build confidence" in its nuclear activities.

"There are no specific reasons or motives that would justify Iran's suspension of its nuclear activities. What is indisputable is that the sides should work on a solution that will satisfy their demands."
"We believe that recognition of Iran's indisputable rights, which obviously do not need any country's permission, should be the basis for moving forward."
He said Iran is entitled to enforce its nuclear right considering the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.

He urged the parties to seriously consider all constructive proposals Iran had previously presented to resolve the issue.

He said among such "totally transparent" proposals presented by Iran were cooperation with government and private international entities and establishment of a regional center to produce fuel in cooperation with nuclear countries.


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