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Paris says security guarantees for Iran among topics to be discussed in London

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Paris, May 22, IRNA
The French Foreign Ministry spokesman said here Monday that in the meeting of the UN Security Council permanent members plus Germany, the issue of extending security guarantees for Tehran will on the agenda of the talks.

Jean Baptiste Mattei told reporters that the European trio of France, Britain and Germany are in consultations aiming to finalize the proposals which also include security guarantees.

"We are also in contact over the issue with US, Russia and China," he added.

Initially the meeting of the permanent members of UN Security Council was slated to be held on May 19 in London which according to European officials was postponed to May 24 because the proposals were not completed.

Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said here Monday that Iran's right to access nuclear fuel technology or carry out nuclear-related research is non-negotiable.

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press briefing, Elham said Iran backed efforts to defend peace and to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction.

"Tehran is ready for any cooperation or negotiation leading to global nuclear disarmament," stressed the spokesman.

Referring to the upcoming meeting of the 5+1 Group in London on Wednesday, the official urged participants (representatives from the UN five permanent members and Germany) in the meeting to "take into consideration Iran's legitimate rights in the nuclear field" when making decisions on the nuclear issue.

Stressing that each and every Iranian was pressing for the right to acquire civilian nuclear energy, he said this was "not a matter the government can surrender."
"Based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) even the right to enrich uranium is non-negotiable," Elham said, reiterating that Iran's nuclear program was for peaceful purposes and Tehran supports the idea of making the world free from nuclear weapons.

However, added the spokesman, "Iran believes that access to peaceful nuclear technology is an indisputable and irreversible right of the nation."

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