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Iran: IAEA should announce previous ambiguities have been resolved

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Abuja, July 14, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman said here Wednesday IRI FM stressed in talks with IAEA chief that agency must announce to world public opinion its 6 former ambiguities have been fully resolved.

According to the dispatched IRNA reporter, Ramin Mehmanparast who accompanies the IRI Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi in Abuja D-8 ministerial meeting added at a press conference Wednesday evening, “Iran announced in talks with UN nuclear watchdog chief if the IAEA has new ambiguities and new questions, Iran would be ready to cooperate and solve them in the framework of a new work plan.”

Mehmanparast who was replying to the Iran newspaper on the contents of Salehi’s talks with the International Atomic Energy Secretary General Yukia Amano, added, “Iran’s nuclear dossier is still in IAEA discussions agenda without any justifiable reason while everyone knows that this is a kind of political pressure led by the US officials and some of their close allies.”

The spokesman of Iran’s diplomatic apparatus reiterated, “The United States and its allies are trying beyond the agency’s legal framework to create obstacles in the way of materializing the Iranian nation’s right in taking advantage of the nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.”

He added, “Maybe an assumption of exhaustion over our nuclear file has been created, and the only reason behind that is that they have been pursed irrationally and merely aimed at halting the peaceful nuclear activities of Iran.”

Mehmanparast added, “In order to achieve that objective they resorted to the UN Security Council and the issuance of various unilateral resolutions of the United States and some European countries, which further complicated the problem.”

He reiterated, “This is taking place under such conditions that according to several reports of the UN nuclear watchdog’s chief Iran has had no deviation from peaceful purposes and the IAEA regulations have been observed in Iran’s entire nuclear activities.”

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said, “If the agency’s officials would observe good will in their talks with our experts over the nuclear activities, an atmosphere would be created in which in accordance with the nuclear NPT commitments and the IAEA regulations, we could seek a solution based on which we could proceed towards full problem solving.”

He referred to the agreement reached between the agency and Iran a few years ago, arguing, “In that agreement the entire ambiguities and questions of the agency were categorized under six topics, and a time table was arranged for a work plan based on which each of the IAEA questions were officially answered and the entire existing ambiguities were resolved.”

Mehmanparast reiterated, “In accordance with that agreement the agency had to announce that the issue was resolved and in the course of Salehi-Amano negotiations this matter was put forth, stressing that the agency must keep up its word and announce that the former ambiguities have been fully resolved.”

The IRI Foreign Ministry spokesman emphasized the importance of defining a new mechanism for resolving the present day ambiguities, arguing, “It is necessary to emphasize the righteousness of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iranian nation’s rights must be respected, and nothing should be subtracted from such rights.”

Mehmanparast expressed hope that with the beginning of negotiations and the technical talks, we would be able to pursue such a path towards finalizing the matter.

The diplomat said, “We also expect the agency’s officials to take steps aimed at clarifying the atmosphere and illuminating the world public opinion regarding the frank efforts made by Islamic Republic of Iran officials in this respect.”

In response to the IRNA reporter on the time of the technical negotiations, he said, “We will pursue the matter through Iran’s representative at the agency, who is continually in touch with Mr. Amano, and will arrange the time schedule for the technical negotiations in collaboration with him.”

On Iran’s relations with Egypt, keeping in mind that both countries are D-8 members and would attend the ministerial conference, Mehmanparast said, “Establishment of full relations with entire world countries is the priority of our foreign policy, with the only exception to be the United States, with which we have no relations due to Washington’s enmity against the Iranian nation, and the Zionist regime, which we consider quite an illegitimate entity.”

The spokesman of the Iranian foreign policy apparatus emphasized that the relations must approach the best possible level, reiterating, “We comprehend the conditions in some countries that are going through transitional phases and the conditions in them have not reached the phase of establishment of a central government, and therefore, keeping in mind their conditions and the level of their representative delegations at the D-8 conference there would be consultations with them at similar levels, either proposed by Iran, or by the other side.”

He said that the consultations are useful, arguing, “In order to solve the probable ambiguities, new proposals would be included in the negotiations agenda.”

Mehmanparast said that the D-8 Foreign Ministers Conference is a good opportunity for surveying the potentials and taking advantage of the capabilities of one another in the interests of the entire member states, adding, “One of the important solutions for the international crises, including the economic ones, is tendency of the countries towards regional and multilateral cooperation.”

The Foreign Ministry spokesman reiterated, “Countries whose conditions are closer to each other and have greater commonalties can adopt more effective decisions aimed at confrontation with the crises.”

He said, “The D-8 conference is a good opportunity for consultations aimed at reaching useful decisions, ratification of various plans, and for holding bilateral meeting with the members of the participating delegations at the gathering.”

The comprising D-8 members are eight Muslim developing countries of Iran, Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Egypt and Nigeria.

The 14th D-8 Foreign Ministers Conference is scheduled to be held at the Nigerian capital city, Abuja on Thursday July 14th.

The group was established in Istanbul, Turkey, on June 15, 1997.

The objectives of D8 are to improve the position of developing countries in the world economy, diversify and create new opportunities in trade relations, enhance participation in decision-making at the international level, and provide better standards of living.

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