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Iran ready to negotiate with Group 5+1: Speaker

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 27, IRNA
Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel here Sunday expressed Iran's readiness to resume talks with Group 5+1 while stressing Tehran's inalienable right to nuclear technology.

Addressing the open session of the Majlis, Haddad-Adel referred to Iran's response to a package of incentives offered by Group 5+1 and said now it is up to the group to prove its goodwill.

Iran's top nuclear negotiator and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani on August 22 presented Iran's official response to a package of incentives offered by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- China, Russia, Britain, France and the United States -- plus Germany (Group 5+1) to Tehran on June 6.

Larijani delivered Tehran's answer to ambassadors of the Group 5+1 as well as Swiss ambassador as caretaker of the US interests in Iran.

"Iran presented its response to the package after detailed studies exactly at the time it had previously announced.

"The response points to questions that exist in the proposed package in different fields," the speaker said.

He added, "Iran's response to the package shows our readiness to settle the case through negotiations.

"The very idea of proposing the package by 5+1 aimed at opening the door of negotiations.

"But we noticed a sudden shift in this process simultaneous with the Lebanon war and Iran's dossier was sent to the UN Security Council and a resolution was adopted for certain reasons." Haddad-Adel said, "Iran once again keeps the doors of negotiations open. The Islamic Republic of Iran while reiterating its inalienable right is ready to resume talks to remove the ambiguities in the proposed packaged.

"If these states also have doubts about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, they can be removed in the course of negotiations." "We hope Iran's nuclear case will be settled by way of logic while preserving the rights of the Iranian nation and stressing the peaceful nature of the nuclear activities," he added.

Elsewhere in his remark, the speaker expressed felicitation to the Iranian nation over inauguration of the Arak heavy water plant.

"The plant has a very advanced and complicated technology and shows the progress of nuclear technology inside the country," he said.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday inaugurated Arak heavy water plant in the central Markazi province.

"Inauguration of the plant shows the determination and will of the Iranian nation to promote nuclear technology," Haddad-Adel said.

He praised efforts made by Iranian engineers and scientists who played a role in fulfulling the great project.

The speaker also pointed to the `Zolfaqar Blow' wargame and said, "It is a symbol of Iran's military potentials.

"The wargame is not a threat to any country rather it is underway to preserve Iran's defensive readiness.

"The wargame proves the country's strength and readiness." Haddad-Adel praised the Iranian armed forces participating at Zolfaqar Blow wargame.


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