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Iran, IAEA seeking to reach comprehensive agreement- Mehmanparast

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 18, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are seeking to reach a comprehensive agreement in their talks.

Mehmanparast made the remarks while talking to reporters at his weekly news conference.

On the statements made by IAEA deputy director general Herman Nackaerts about recent Tehran talks on December 13, he said the details will be released if the two sides reach an agreement.

If not, he added, it indicates that the rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran have not been recognized.

Iran is for an agreement which recognizes the country's rights, said Mehmanparast, stressing that following such an agreement Iran can take measures to remove the IAEA's likely concerns.

He further stressed that Iran is always ready to hold negotiations with the Group 5+1- the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany.

If the sextet recognizes Iran's rights, it will be possible to be positive towards the nuclear dialogue, he noted.

The majority of the Iranian people support their country's peaceful nuclear program, said Mehmanparast, adding that Iran strongly defends its national interests and uses its nuclear rights for development of the country.

He then underlined that no county can deprive the Iranian nation of its absolute rights.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1034303

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