Iran calls on Europe to continuetalks on nuclear dispute

23rd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

24 September 2004 , TEHERAN - Iran called on Europe - notably Germany, France and Britain - to continue talks on its still unsettled nuclear dispute at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), state-television network IRIB reported. "I talked to several of my counterparts, including the British and French ones, and called on them to refer to negotiations for settling the issue," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told IRIB during the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. But the aim shoul

24 September 2004

TEHERAN - Iran called on Europe - notably Germany, France and Britain - to continue talks on its still unsettled nuclear dispute at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), state-television network IRIB reported.

"I talked to several of my counterparts, including the British and French ones, and called on them to refer to negotiations for settling the issue," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi told IRIB during the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

But the aim should be resolving the problems and not creating any," the minister added.
Iran has criticised European Union members Britain, France and Germany for having backed last weeks IAEA resolution demanding that Iran clarify all its nuclear projects by 25 November and halt uranium enrichment until then.

Diplomacy is not a one-way road, if we give anything, we expect something in return," Kharrazi said.

Iran has said that the suspension of uranium enrichment should be raised during political discussions on a voluntary basis and not as an ultimatum in an official UN document or resolution.

We are ready to remove international concerns by fully cooperating with the IAEA inspectors but at the same time we want the Europeans to acknowledge our legitimate right for peaceful nuclear use," the foreign minister reiterated.

Iran has constantly rejected charges, mainly by the United States, of following a military nuclear programme, stressing that only the IAEA could comment on the nature of Irans nuclear programmes and not Western governments. 

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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