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Iran says ready for "serious" talks without precondition

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9011-14361

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Iran said it is ready for serious talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany without any precondition.

"Iranian nation will move in its selected path stronger than before despite enemies' threats and sanctions," Iranian UN ambassador Mohammad Khazaei said in a ceremony as speaking to Iranian expatriates in a mosque in New York. The ceremony was held for anniversary of Islamic Revolution victory.

As to Zionist regime officials' remarks on Iranian nuclear issue, he said, "Zionist regime does not have the right to make comment on Iranian peaceful nuclear issue." The regime possesses nuclear weapons and violates Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and that other countries must press the regime to join the NPT.

As to a question on Zionist regime's probable military action against Iranian nuclear site, he said, "Usually, some sounds are heard from Zionist regime, but seemingly they will not do so, since Islamic Republic of Iran is completely strong and can defend itself well."

He also warned of undesirable consequences for Zionist regime and its sponsors in case of such an attack.

Khazaei added the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cameras were installed in Iranian nuclear centers and that Iran has always cooperated well with the agency's inspectors.

As to closure of the Strait of Hormuz by Iran and cutting oil exports, Iranian UN envoy said Iran believes that the strait should be secure and stable and that Persian Gulf should be a safe waterway as well.

It should be made sure that energy can be transferred through the channel in a fair and balanced way for all, Khazaei added.

"We do not want to use the Strait of Hormuz as a channel for conflict and fighting others, unless a threat is posed against Iran or its position is invaded. Iran will consider all options in such a case."

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