Iran says recognition of nuclear right prerequisite for success of talks
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that recognition of Iran's right to nuclear enrichment is prerequisite for success of talks with five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus German (P5+1).
Mehmanparast at weekly press briefing said that Iran is ready to resume "constructive" talks with the P5+1, adding that the West should correct its "mistakes" and quit its earlier stance towards Iran's nuclear program.
The P5+1 should adopt "rational and logical" strategy as far as Iran's nuclear program is concerned, said the Iranian spokesman on Tuesday, adding that policies based on pressures against Iran will not go anywhere.
The relevant sides can reach a "principled agreement" which can be both to the advantage of Iran to enjoy its rights to peaceful nuclear activities and to the other side whose concerns over the issue can be removed.
"We will not allow our nation's rights to peaceful nuclear activities to be limited or barred," said the Iranian official, emphasizing that "we need state-of-art technology for the advancement of our country, including the important nuclear know- how, which has been recognized as our right by NPT, is used peacefully (in Iran)."
He dismissed the allegations about suspicious weaponry dimension of Iran's nuclear activities, saying that the Islamic republic is a pioneer in the international campaign against the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and nuclear weapons. The high- ranking officials of the country have declared their opposition to any nuclear activities which have military dimension, he added.
If the other side is willing to solve Iran's nuclear issue, it should "recognize our nation's (nuclear) rights in practice," Mehmanparast pointed out.
In October, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said that nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 would "possibly" resume in late November.
Iran and the P5+1 did not sign any agreements during intensive talks in Moscow on June 18-19, but agreed to meet again in Turkey' s Istanbul in July at the expert level.
According to Ali Baqeri, Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator, the nuclear talks with deputy head of the EU's foreign relations in Istanbul in July were "positive." However, no date and venue were set for further high-level negotiations.
The United States and Western allies have accused Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian nuclear program, a charge Tehran has consistently denied.