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Iran not to accept suspension as topic of talks: FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Caracas, April 24, IRNA
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Havana Monday that Tehran would not accept suspension of uranium enrichment as a topic or outcome of the upcoming talks on its peaceful nuclear program.

Mottaki was speaking in the second round of talks with Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque before he wrapped up his week-long visit to Latin American states and left Havana for Tehran.

He said Iran was facing mounting psychological warfare waged by certain Western media about possible US attack three times during the past 1.5 years, adding the last propaganda campaign was launched following Iran's nuclear celebration.

"The US and West have waged a psychological warfare to prevent our move (to celebrate the National Day of Nuclear Technology).

"But Iran held a ceremony in Natanz city to celebrate production of nuclear fuel on industrial scale," he added.

Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani and the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana are scheduled to hold talks in Ankara on Wednesday on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Pointing to bilateral ties between Iran and Cuba, Mottaki said, "We are determined to expand relations and make use of new potentials particularly in economic fields."

The Cuban minister, on his part, said his country has repeatedly voiced support for Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, adding Havana did its utmost in the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Non-Aligned Movement.

He stated that Cuba would spare no efforts to help Iran with its nuclear case.

Roque said joint cooperation and great potentials of Iran, Cuba and Venezuela could play an effective role in developing justice-seeking states in Latin America region.

He called for Iran's economic presence in Cuba.



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