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Iran ready to negotiate on all European proposals to solve nuclear dispute: FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 16, IRNA
Iran-FM-Nuclear issue
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Wednesday that Iran was ready to hold talks with the Europeans on all issues in its nuclear case.

Mottaki made the remarks while speaking to reporters after a meeting with his visiting Malian counterpart, Mokhtar Ouan.

"Iran is willing to discuss the issue of suspension of our nuclear activities with the European states," he said.

"We have repeatedly announced that we are ready to negotiate with the Europeans all questions and ambiguities (in the nuclear package). Even their demand for suspension of nuclear activities, which we regard as illegal, can be discussed," he added.

He said that Iran had officially expressed its readiness to hold talks with the Europeans on all questions, issues and cases raised in the package of incentives offered by the Europeans in early June.

"Suspension is among the main conditions attached to the package of incentives. We see no reason for suspension but will decide on it in talks."

Mottaki said that Iran had indicated it would give its response to the package of incentives drawn up by the five permanent UN Security Council members -- Britain, France, the United States, China and Russia -- plus Germany (Group 5+1) in "due time."

But he made clear Iran would "never renounce its inalienable rights under whatever circumstances."

He said "negotiations that will lead to enforcement of Iran's rights and removal of Europe's concerns over Iran's peaceful nuclear program will be the most effective ways of solving the dispute."

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