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Asefi cautions Group 5+1 against unrealistic approach

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 21, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi Sunday cautioned Group 5+1 against unrealistic approach in its upcoming meeting and present a proposal which observes Iran's rights.

Representatives of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France -- along with Germany are to hold a meeting in London on Wednesday to discuss Europe's new proposal to Iran ahead of presentation to Tehran.

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press briefing, Asefi said that the six states are expected to present a proposal that would guarantee Iran's rights stipulated by
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

In response to a reporter who quoted certain media as saying that Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki's statement in Kuwait was tantamount to rejection of Europe's offer by Tehran, he said, "We have received no offer yet to accept or reject it."
Asked about Iran's reaction to Europe's offer, the spokesman added, "What has been raised so far was just by media.

Several countries should hold talks on Wednesday and express their views.

"Therefore, it will be hasty to comment on a plan speculated by media which has not been presented to Iran either officially or unofficially.

"We have a clear stance. Any offer should officially recognize Iran's rights. We should move forward and not go back."
Asefi reiterated, "The proposal should also guarantee ways to restore Iran's rights.

"We should wait and see the European proposal and then show reaction to it."
He rejected a news on Iran's utilization of Chinese uranium hexaflouride (UF6), saying, "All enrichment work at Natanz is carried out by high quality products of Isfahan. We will not use any foreign materials for enrichment."
Asked whether Iran would accept European proposal if it is consisted of points such as excluding Iran's nuclear case from the Security Council, returning to negotiating table and suspending nuclear research, he stated, "We should not look into the past. We have never withdrawn from talks."
Pointing to goals of recent visit by Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, to Vienna, Asefi said, "We have good cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Negotiations between Iran and the agency have continued at different levels."
He said Larijani paid a visit to Vienna to "outline Iran's views and express the country's readiness to further continue with cooperation and talks with the agency and management of the case under current circumstances."

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