Sunday, October 17, 2004

Iran’s interests and nuclear rights should be observed in any European plan

Description of Selected News: "Iran’s interests and nuclear rights should be observed in any European plan

TEHRAN (MNA) – Iran announced on Sunday that any proposal by the European states on its nuclear program should consider its interests and legitimate rights for a peaceful use of nuclear technology.

“That kind of plan is accepted by us that first of all respects our interests since our policy is based on interests with an observation of principles, and secondly recognizes our legitimate right for a peaceful use of nuclear technology,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi told a weekly press briefing.

Asefi said Iran has not yet received any proposal by the European side and therefore it cannot make any judgment in this regard.

He said what is quite certain is that Tehran will not budge on its rights.

He added that Iran is prepared to preserve its rights through dialogue and has no preconditions for such a dialogue.

After a meeting of the Group of Eight industrial powers in Washington on Friday the EU trio – Germany, France and Britain -- presented a package of "carrots and sticks" aimed at pressing Iran to halt uranium enrichment. The trio told the United States they will offer Iran incentives in the coming days.

Hossein Musavian, the chairman of the foreign policy committee at Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, told AFP Saturday that Iran will reject any European proposal for a complete cessation of its work on the nuclear fuel cycle, but might be willing to consider further "confidence-building" measures and extend its suspension of uranium enrichment.

"We would be willing to consider any package that recognizes the full right of Iran to enjoy peaceful nuclear technology within the framework of the NPT," Musavian said. However he added that Iran is not prepared for cessation and any package including a cessation of fuel cycle work would be rejected by Iran."

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