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Iran's FM hopes Europe's offer to resolve nuclear dispute would be comprehensive

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 23, IRNA
Iran-Europe-Nuclear issue
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Tuesday expressed hope Europe's latest proposal to try to resolve the standoff on Iran's nuclear program would be comprehensive and protect the interests of both sides.

Mottaki was speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of a conference held here dubbed `Basij (voluntary forces) and Foreign Policy'.

"We hope the offer will preserve the rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as remove the concerns of other states.

"We are seriously calling for a diplomatic solution to our nuclear case through negotiation and within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with the objective of removing concerns as well as observing the rights of Iran," he said.

Asked why Europe has not formally presented the proposal to Iran when it has already been seen and talked about by international media people, the minister said: "We diplomats strive to be optimistic when dealing with issues. With this outlook, we hope the European side will try to present a balanced offer."
He reiterated that the "Islamic Republic of Iran will never renounce its nuclear rights under whatever circumstances." But he said Iran has not received a formal offer from Europe.

"If we receive Europe's formal offer, we will discuss it and announce the results to the nation," Mottaki said.

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