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Iran will not accepted limited enrichment: Asefi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 30, IRNA
Iran-Asefi-Nuclear issue
Iran will not accept limited uranium enrichment, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Tuesday.

Addressing domestic and foreign reporters at a press conference, Asefi said news of Iran's acceptance of limited enrichment was not factual.

Asked about Iran's alleged acceptance of a five percent ceiling on enrichment, he said: "This percentage relates to fuel supply." "Iran has a transparent and precise stance in this regard. The percentage we demand for enrichment is not an issue," Asefi said.

On the issue of fuel supply for Iran's power plants, he said it was for Tehran to act on this.

"We act based on our rights and will never give them up for as long as we know we are acting within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)."

Asefi added: "Further issues should be settled during future talks with the IAEA."

Pointing to the calls of many states for talks between Iran and the European states to be continued, he reminded that "negotiations will be the only solution to Iran's nuclear case," and added that Iran had not yet received Europe's proposal.

The spokesman reminded that use of threats or harsh words and misuse of international institutions were not correct. "This approach will not help promote peace and security in the world."
He urged constructive and transparent talks to solve the current nuclear dispute.

"We have always announced we will not accept anything beyond our responsibilities within the NPT. We will not accept suspension of research," he added.

Asked about remarks made recently by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei that Iran had accepted suspension of enrichment for a limited duration, Asefi added: "We insist on our rights. Completion of the fuel cycle and enrichment are among our rights" (under the Non-Proliferation Treaty).

In response to a question on the recent visit of Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov to Iran, he praised the Russian and Chinese stances on Iran's nuclear case, saying "Russia is a big and influential country. During Ivanov's visit, the sides discussed broad-based and general issues."

Ivanov, accompanied by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak, arrived in Tehran Saturday night and held talks with senior Iranian officials on Iran's nuclear program.

A package of incentives for Iran is currently being discussed by representatives of the UN Security Council's five permanent members plus Germany (5+1 Group).

The incentives include light water reactors and guarantees of nuclear fuel in exchange Iran stopping its nuclear activities.

Asefi said Ivanov and senior Iranian nuclear officials had discussed avenues for returning Iran's nuclear case to the IAEA.

Asked whether Iran had indeed slowed down its nuclear activities to win the satisfaction of Western states, the spokesman said: "Such reports are doubts of the media."
Asked where Persian Gulf littoral states stood on the Iran nuclear row, Asefi said these states "are not very concerned." What is disconcerting is the disinformation being spread by the Western media, he said.

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