Iran tells EU not to use threats in nuclear dispute
3 August 2005, TEHRAN - Iran told the European Union on Tuesday not to use the language of threat in the ongoing nuclear dispute, ISNA news agency reported.
3 August 2005
TEHRAN - Iran told the European Union on Tuesday not to use the language of threat in the ongoing nuclear dispute, ISNA news agency reported.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi said that instead of using the language of threat, the E.U. should, like Iran, fulfil its commitments to the bilateral agreements.
The spokesman was referring to a letter to outgoing Iranian chief negotiator Hassan Rowhani in which the E.U. had threatened to break off negotiations with Iran over a bilateral agreement, should Tehran go ahead with its recently announced reactivation of its nuclear facility in Isfahan.
The Iranian spokesman reiterated that all nuclear projects of Iran were peaceful and under full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The letter was signed by the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain as well as by E.U. foreign policy chief Javier Solana.
Assefi added that while respecting all international norms, Iran was just following its legitimate right to pursue nuclear technology.
The E.U. said in the letter that should the reactivation go ahead the E.U. would call a special session of the governing council of the IAEA within the next days to decide further measures against Iran.
With new President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad being accredited Wednesday by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Rowhani will no longer be in charge of the nuclear talks after that.
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said Tuesday that the reopening of the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in central Iran should be realized - but not the resumption of uranium enrichment.
"The reopening of the Isfahan plant should be done, the enrichment however needs further careful negotiations before being resumed," Khatami told state radio.
In a first reaction over Iran's controversial decision to resume parts of its nuclear activities, Khatami said future developments would have to be taken care of by his successor Ahmadinejad.
Iran says activities in Isfahan's UCF only covered uranium conversion and not enrichment, and is therefore not subject to the October 2003 suspension deal with the European Union.
In the November 2004 agreement however Iran had also accepted voluntary suspension of related enrichment activities under the condition that the E.U. would eventually acknowledge Iran's right to pursue peaceful nuclear technology and its own nuclear fuel cycle.
The E.U. trio of Britain, France and Germany wants Iran to drop any nuclear activity as both uranium conversion and enrichment could also be used for development of nuclear weapons.
The E.U. trio is reportedly ready to provide Iran Western nuclear fuel for its plants, Tehran however wants to produce its own nuclear cycle in addition to importing fuel from Russia for the nuclear power plant in its southern Bushehr port.
Subject: German news