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Iran rejects any link between Arak heavy water plant and nuclear case

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 27, IRNA

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Sunday rejected any link between inauguration of Arak heavy water plant and Iran's nuclear dossier.

Asefi, speaking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference, said products of Arak heavy water plant would have a peaceful application.

He said Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was at the best level, adding, "We have a good cooperation with the agency's inspectors. Currently, two IAEA inspectors are in Iran to visit nuclear sites including Natanz." He added that Iran's response to a package of incentives offered by world six powers (Group 5+1) had no ambiguities, saying, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has responded to all points demanded by the Europeans.

"It is high time for the West to return to the negotiating table without any prejudgment to find a solution to the standoff on Iran's nuclear case."

Asked whether Saturday remarks by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Israel was tantamount to a modification in the country's stance, Asefi said, "We have an unchangeable stance on the Zionist regime which are determined based on national interests and realities of the world.

"The president has said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is against nuclear weapon and is not a threat to any country and will launch no attack."

He stressed, "The policies of the Zionist regime pose serious threats to the regime itself."

In response to a question on the West's evaluation of Iran's response to the Group 5+1 package of incentives, the spokesman said, "European states, China and Russia do not share a common stance on Iran's response.

"We recommend the European side to be patient and adopt a wise attitude towards the case."

Asefi added, "In its response, Tehran proved its readiness to settle the case through negotiations and diplomacy. Our response to the proposed package was complete.

"We recommend the Europeans to study Iran's response with precision and present their views.

"Iran's response is transparent, comprehensive and complete and has no ambiguity," he added.

Meanwhile, Asefi said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan would pay an official two-day visit to Iran on Saturday to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

He also noted that no date has been set for a meeting to be held between European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's top nuclear negotiator and Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani.


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