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Iran welcomes constructive proposals: envoy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tashkent, May 17, IRNA
Iranian Ambassador to Uzbekistan Mohammad Fat'hali said here Wednesday that Iran welcomes any constructive proposal that would guarantee the rights of the nation and help settle its nuclear case.

The ambassador was speaking to reporters at a press conference in which he pointed to a new proposal by the three big states of the European Union (Germany, France and Britain) aimed at resolving the current dispute on Iran's nuclear activities.

"Iran says the proposal should include two conditions. It should officially recognize the country's inalienable nuclear rights based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and guarantee implementation of these rights.

"Iran's demands in its nuclear case are based on the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, we have repeatedly announced we just intend to enjoy our inalienable rights based on the treaty," he said.

Elaborating on Iran's aim in enriching uranium, he said this was merely to produce fuel for a nuclear reactor, and regretted that the Western press was not reflecting the truth with regard to this matter.

Assessing demands on Iran to halt its nuclear activities as "illogical" and "unacceptable," he said the demands would violate its rights under the NPT.

"If Europe's new offer makes the same demand, it will face the same fate as its previous proposal which Iran rejected in August 2005."

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