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Fischer: Iran entitled to access nuclear energy for peaceful use

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 2, IRNA
Former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer, here Wednesday said that during his talks with Iranian officials he underlined that Iran is entitled to access nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters, he said that Iran's nuclear right has been underlined within the past months and that Europe's package of incentives was the best proof.

"In the proposal submitted to Iran by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (5+1 group), the most modern light water reactor has been offered.

"Besides, the proposal guarantees constant supply of atomic fuel to Iran and includes some suggestion on joint nuclear research," said Fischer.

The former German minister said that in his view this is the best proposal which has been submitted to Iran.

"I explained to the Iranian officials that the main issue is not Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. We agree with such a right. However, confidence building is what matters," he said.

Admitting that Iran is the biggest regional power, he said that given such a role, Iran should also accept the responsibility of the regional stability.

"I believe that if an arms race starts in the region, it will not secure Iran's interests.

Turning to another part of his talks with Iranian officials, he said, "During talks the issue of Lebanon was also discussed and I underlined that regional peace will materialize if Palestine and Lebanon can manage to compromise," he added.

Saying that his talks with Iranian officials were informal and that he was not visiting Tehran as a mediator, Fischer said that in such cases all means should be used to reach mutual understanding.

In response to a question whether Germany's allies -- the US and Britain -- also admit to Iran's decisive role in the region, he referred to the package of proposal as an evidence of their acceptance of Iran's position and said that the US also participated in drawing up this proposal.

Fischer arrived in Tehran on Monday night in response to the invitation of the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council.

The former German foreign minister has conferred with a number of Iranian officials mainly on Iran's nuclear issue.


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