Next nuclear talks with new Iran administration

13th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

13 June 2005, TEHRAN - Tehran on Sunday confirmed that the next round of nuclear talks with the European Union will be held by the new Iranian administration to be formed after the 17 June presidential elections.

13 June 2005

TEHRAN - Tehran on Sunday confirmed that the next round of nuclear talks with the European Union will be held by the new Iranian administration to be formed after the 17 June presidential elections.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi told reporters in Tehran that, by mutual agreement, the talks would be held after the elections, and stressed that until then all nuclear activities would remain suspended.

The new Iranian president, whose election might not be finalised until a second round of voting on 24 June, is expected to introduce his new cabinet by August.

The foreign ministers of the European Union trio Britain, France and Germany had promised Iran in Geneva last month to come up with a proposal on Iran's nuclear activities by the end of July or beginning of August, preferably with the new Iranian president and administration.

One of the presidential hopefuls, Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, told reporters that he would prefer to gain the trust of not only the EU but also of arch-enemy the United States with reassurances that Iran pursues peaceful nuclear technology only.

In the meantime, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reportedly said that Iran has kept its word and frozen all uranium enrichment activities.

Spokesman Assefi said that the latest IAEA report proved once again Iran's claims of following no secret programmes, just peaceful nuclear technology.

"The IAEA inspectors checked in the last three days our nuclear plant in Natanz (central Iran) and their report proved our claims of having no secret programmes and just transparently pursuing peaceful projects," Assefi said.

The US is accusing Iran of using uranium enrichment for producing atomic bombs but Tehran has constantly denied the charges and referred to the IAEA reports as proof for its claims.

DPA

Subject: German news

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