Iran may discuss uranium suspension with EU

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23 October 2006, Tehran (dpa) - Iran would conditionally be willing to discuss the suspension of uranium enrichment in the nuclear talks with the European Union, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said. "Although suspension (of the uranium enrichment process) has no place in Iran's nuclear policies, if the conditions were fair, also this issue could be discussed in the negotiations," the Mehr news agency quoted the spokesman as saying. Suspension of the enrichment process is the main

23 October 2006

Tehran (dpa) - Iran would conditionally be willing to discuss the suspension of uranium enrichment in the nuclear talks with the European Union, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said.

"Although suspension (of the uranium enrichment process) has no place in Iran's nuclear policies, if the conditions were fair, also this issue could be discussed in the negotiations," the Mehr news agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

Suspension of the enrichment process is the main condition of the five United Nations Security Council members plus Germany to resume nuclear talks with Iran, otherwise the Islamic state would risk facing sanctions by the UN body.

"Suspension cannot be the main condition for the talks but one of the issues," the spokesman added without further elaborating.

Also Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki had said over the weekend that although Iran saw no logic in the Western suspension demand, Iran would still be prepared to raise the issue in negotiations.

Observers believe that the latest rhetoric in Tehran indicates a slight move towards the western demand despite the uncompromising rhetoric by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Still, Ahmadinejad called on Monday for resistance from the Iranian nation in the nuclear dispute and warned the West not to become an enemy of the Islamic nation.

"There is only one more step to make after a long and winding road and then we will reach the peak after," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in Shahre Ray, south of the capital Tehran.

"In this last step we have to show unity and resistance but we will not retreat one step from our internationally-acknowledged rights," the president added in the speech, carried live by the news network Khabar.

Ahmadinejad however also called on the European Union to return to negotiations "for settling the issue together in an atmosphere of understanding."

The president said that Iran's current strength in the nuclear dispute was 10 times greater than last year "and accordingly the Western strength was decreased by one tenth."

"It would be better for the West to take the course of friendship with Iran rather than enmity," he said.

The spokesman echoed that saying that the course of threats, a UN Security Council resolution and eventually sanctions would radicalize developments and have regional and global consequences "of which the Europeans are perfectly aware."

The Iranian parliament has already warned that in case of UN sanctions the government would be obliged to cut cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and stop IAEA inspections. Some hard-line circles even call for withdrawal from the Non- Proliferation Treaty.

DPA

Subject: German news

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