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Iran's legitimate nuclear rights should be respected: Mehmanparast

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 18, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast here on Tuesday voiced Tehran's readiness to cooperate with the UN nuclear watchdog stressing that the body should always respect Iran's nuclear rights.

"Iran's peaceful and legitimate nuclear rights including the right to enrich uranium should be respected in all stages (of talks) by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Mehmanparast told domestic and foreign reporters.

Iran has continued its cooperation with the IAEA in the best possible way and the body has carried out maximum inspections from Iran's nuclear sites, he added.

"No evidence has ever been found about the alleged military nature of Iran's peaceful nuclear programs as was claimed by certain countries," Mehmamparast stressed.

He noted that Iran has repeatedly voiced its readiness to reach a general agreement with the agency based on a framework which would be acceptable to both sides.

The framework would remove concerns of the international community over Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and also respect Iran's right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology, he reiterated.

The spokesman also said that the next round of Iran-EU top nuclear negotiators would take place in line with their previous agreements in Moscow, adding that

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and the EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton would meet in Istanbul, Turkey, later on Tuesday.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1027888

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