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Larijani considers Iran's nuclear response as positive

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 24, IRNA
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said here Thursday that Iran submitted its positive response to the package of proposals of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (5+1 group) on the specified deadline.

He told IRNA that the submitted response aimed to eliminate the concerns of the other party and protect Iran's rights to nuclear energy at the same time.

Larijani added that Iran is prepared to enter into serious and constructive talks on the issue to reach understanding.

"As was declared earlier, we are ready to hold talks with our European negotiators and still expect to hear their views on executive procedures for start of negotiations," he said.

In response to a question about the content of Iran's response to European proposal, he said that all the major points included in the package were examined and responded accurately and fairly, including Iran's rights and duties within the NPT framework, confidence-building and transparency.

"Iran's response partly deals with the favorite topic of the 5+1 group, namely the security arrangements of the region.

"Given the present sensitive conditions of the region, Iran is prepared to assist promote sustainable peace in the region," he added.

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

Ambassadors of Germany, Russia, France, Britain and China as well as Switzerland -- as caretaker of US interests in Iran -- representing the 5+1 group in a meeting with Larijani on August 22 received Iran's response to the group's package of proposals.


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