Iran keeping nuclear options open: negotiator

5th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 December 2005, TEHRAN - Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Monday that Iran's right to peaceful nuclear technology was the main point among several options to settle the international dispute. "There are several options and several diplomatic ways to settle the nuclear dispute but let us talk about it when the time is ripe," Larijani told reporters in a press conference. He predicted that nuclear negotiations with the European Union trio of Britain, France and Germany would start within t

5 December 2005

TEHRAN - Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Monday that Iran's right to peaceful nuclear technology was the main point among several options to settle the international dispute.

"There are several options and several diplomatic ways to settle the nuclear dispute but let us talk about it when the time is ripe," Larijani told reporters in a press conference.

He predicted that nuclear negotiations with the European Union trio of Britain, France and Germany would start within two weeks at experts' level and Tehran would then decide whether to continue talks at a higher level or not.

Larijani, who is also secretary of the National Security Council, reiterated that Iran has not received any proposal from Russia on enriching Iran's uranium in Russia but stressed that Tehran preferred to conduct the enrichment process inside Iran.

The Iranian official said that the Russian proposal was "just an idea".

"Russia is a friend of Iran with strategic ties and we doubt that Moscow would allow to be used by Europe or the U.S. in the nuclear matter," he said referring to E.U. and U.S. insistence on using the Russian proposal to break the nuclear deadlock with Iran.

DPA

Subject: German news

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