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Iran deplores Group 5+1 has resorted to levers of pressure

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 7, IRNA

Iran-Group 5+1-Solana

Iran on Tuesday complained that the Group 5+1 has resorted to levers of pressures instead of offering answers to a package of questions to and resolve the dispute over Iranian nuclear program.

Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili forwarded a letter to Javier Solana, High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy/ Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union and Representative of the six countries complaining that the Group is looking at nuclear talks with Iran as merely a tactical tool.

"In view of the Geneva Talks and the emphasis of both sides on presenting a clear response to each other, the Islamic Republic of Iran in its letter of 5 August 2008 expressed its readiness to offer transparent response vis-a-vis reciting clear replies to its questions," Jalili said in his letter to Solana.

"Soon after, while welcoming this approach you asked in your telephone conversation of 11 August 2008 that our deputies have a meeting to discuss these ambiguities and questions. However, despite the readiness of the Islamic Republic of Iran, your deputy was not ready to have this meeting even 17 days after that date. Following our conversation, which was characterized by you as serious, substantive and successful, your representative stated that he would raise the serious questions of the Islamic Republic of Iran with other members.

Ten days later he stated in a telephone contact that the Directors of the six countries will meet in Washington DC and later their foreign ministers will confer in New York to review and answer the questions raised by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

"It is interesting for the international community to see that in the course of talks when a rational question is raised, the other party to the talks resorts to levers of pressure instead of offering answers to questions and trying to remove ambiguities. In the judgment of the world community, this unreasonable behavior is an indication of the lack of a clear response to the principled questions of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It also reinforces the doubt that some powers look at talks as merely a tactical tool. The absence of civilized tradition of "dialogue" among certain powers that prefer to use levers of pressure instead of reasoning is not a matter that is unknown to the world community.

"About 6 months ago, the Islamic Republic of Iran proposed a package of proposals, based on its actual capabilities and capacities, for the purpose of paving the way for talks on common concerns with collective commitments to have a world based on justice, peace and harmony. You are fully aware of the main building blocs of our package for a world free of weapons of mass destruction, collective efforts for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. It appears that these proposals are not pleasing for those powers that have worked many years to stockpile and proliferate nuclear weapons.

"There is no doubt that accepting of this proposal, trying not to miss the time and the opportunity and avoiding illogical behavior, could have given us a solid base for constructive and cooperative relationships," he said.

Jalili forwarded copy of the letter to Mr. Yang Jiechi Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, Dr Bernard Kouchner Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the French Republic, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier Deputy Federal Chancellor and Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Sergei Viktrorovich Lavrov Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr. Miliband Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Dr Condoleezza Rice Secretary of State of the United Sates of America.

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