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Tehran hopes for continuation of Iran Six talks

RIA Novosti

13/10/2008 14:32 TEHRAN, October 13 (RIA Novosti) - Tehran is counting on the continuation of talks with the Iran Six group of world powers despite a new UN resolution being passed against the country, an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday.

"Western countries have no other way out but to win the trust of the Iranian people on the issue of Iran's nuclear program," Hassan Qashqavi said.

Saeed Jalili, head of the Supreme National Security Council and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator in the Iran Six talks, which involve Russia, the U.S., China, France, Great Britain, and Germany, warned recently that pressure on Iran could impair the negotiating process.

"The West should give a positive response to the letter of the head of the Supreme National Security Council, and we hope that we will continue the talks with the Group of Six," he said.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said Saturday it was ready to answer any questions the UN nuclear watchdog had about its nuclear program after a new UN resolution was passed by the Iran Six on September 27.

Although the new resolution does not include any new sanctions it did call on Iran to fulfill its responsibilities under previous Security Council resolutions and IAEA commitments.

Iran is under three sets of relatively mild sanctions over its nuclear program, which it insists is purely civilian but the West, led by the United States and Israel, maintains is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

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