Iran won't change course of talks: Ahmadinejad
27 June 2005, TEHRAN - Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that he will not change the course of talks with the European Union trio over Iran's controversial nuclear programme.
27 June 2005
TEHRAN - Iranian president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that he will not change the course of talks with the European Union trio over Iran's controversial nuclear programme.
"I will continue the talks and neither change the course nor the Iranian delegation members," Ahmadinejad said in a press conference after his landslide victory in the presidential run-off elections.
In line with the administration of President Mohammad Khatami, the Islamic hardliner stressed that it was the internationally acknowledged right of Iran to pursue peaceful nuclear technology.
"The nuclear issue is a state matter whose course is clear and the question is not whether pursuing this technology or not, but building confidence with the outside world and removing any kind of international concern," he said.
Iran is currently waiting for a proposal of the European Union trio Britain, France and Germany for settling the dispute which is supposed to be presented in late July or the beginning of August.
"The Europeans should stick to their commitments made to Iran and push the talks move towards an end suitable for both sides," Ahmadinejad said.
He criticized some European officials for sitting in "ivory palaces" and telling the world what to do and said that in every relation the interests of both sides should be respected.
Due to his inexperience in foreign policy and his hardline stance, there is international concern that the president-elect might make hasty decisions in the nuclear dispute and cause a regional and international crisis.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi said on Sunday that there would be no change in the foreign policy under Ahmadinejad, including in the course of the nuclear talks.
Iran wants to resume uranium enrichment for producing nuclear fuel but the E.U. and the United States oppose such a plan as the enrichment process can also be used for manufacturing atomic bombs.
Subject: German news