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France ready for talks on Iran nuclear issue conditionally

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Paris, Aug 23, IRNA
French Foreign Minister Filippe Douste Blazie said here Wednesday that his country is prepared to hold talks on Iran's nuclear issue, provided Tehran suspends its nuclear activities.

He made the remark, while attending a joint press conference along with his Israeli counterpart.

Blazie said that resuming negotiation on Iran's nuclear issue depends on suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran.

Turning to Iran's response to the proposal of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) plus Germany (5+1 group) as complicated, he said, "We are assessing Iran's response with our European partners as well as Russia, China and the US. We will present our response, once the issue is examined." The French minister declared his country's readiness for talks, adding that as Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani is aware, suspension of enrichment is the precondition for resumption of talks.

He dismissed any link between the recent developments in Lebanon and Iran's nuclear issue.

"What took place in Lebanon and the two Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped should not be associated with Iran's nuclear issue, given that these are two distinct matters," he added.

Blazie said that Iran is willing to have a decisive role in the important Middle East region and that it is now the time for it to prove such a role by materializing the regional stability.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary, Ali Larijani, presented Iran's response to the proposed package of the 5+1 group on August 22, as previously promised.

After presenting Iran's response, Larijani said, "In most cases where ambiguities existed, we tried to pave the way for fair negotiation on Iran's nuclear issue through rational and positive interpretation."

Upon submitting Iran's response to the 5+1 group, Larijani declared Iran's readiness to enter into serious talks on the matter, adding that it has suggested a constructive path.


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