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Annan says efforts underway for Iran talks with Group 5+1

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Amman, Jordan, Aug 31, IRNA
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday that efforts are underway to arrange a meeting between Iran and the Group 5+1 over Iranian nuclear programme.

He told a press conference in Shuneh, Jordan that preparations are being made to organize a meeting between Iran and the other six players.

The Group 5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council:
US, Britain, China, France, Russia plus Germany) have offered Iran a package of incentives calling for a stop to production of fuel for nuclear power plants.

Iran gave a reply to the package on August 22 and said that the package would serve as a basis for negotiations to settle differences with the European states.

"The situation is in the hands of the Security Council, now that the deadline (August 31) has passed. I know that the council is going to act tomorrow," Annan said.

Iran has made objection to the Security Council referral of national nuclear program which has been made as per intensive lobbying and propaganda campaign of the United States.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said earlier that Iran respects Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and demands its rights stipulated by the NPT.

He said that Iranian nuclear program is transparent and has been designed for generating electricity in line with Safeguards Agreement of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and that cameras of the UN nuclear agency are installed on all Iranian nuclear sites monitoring them.

Asked about possibility of imposing economic sanctions, Annan said, "I am not sure that they are ready to take that kind of action," Annan said.

"I would need to discuss with the players to find out how are they intending to proceed," Annan said.



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