Top Iranian nuclear negotiator again calls for talks
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Monday said Tehran was “ready for any kind of negotiation to achieve our rights,” renewing a call for further talks on the Islamic republic’s atomic program.As officials from the five permanent U.N. Security Council members gathered in Paris to discuss strategy, Ali Larijani also called again for Iran’s dispute with the international community to be returned to the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, headed by Mohamed ElBaradei.”Let’s allow Mr. ElBaradei to do his job based on the international conventions,” Larijani told group of students in Tehran University, the official Iranian news agency reported.Diplomats representing the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China, which hold Security Council vetoes, meet in Paris on Tuesday with Germany to discuss ElBaradei’s report to the council that Iran was in violation of the council’s demand that Tehran stop enriching uranium, a process that can produce fuel for a nuclear reactor or fissile material for a bomb.The report opened the way for the council to take punitive measures against Iran, but immediate action was not seen as likely because Russia and China now are opposed to international sanctions against Tehran at this point.Iran contends it has a right to enrich uranium as long as it does not attempt to use it for nuclear weapons. Its opponents contend Iran ceded that right by conducting secret nuclear research and development.Larijani dismissed reports that Iran had conducted secret nuclear activity for decades, as the IAEA asserted in 2002.”It is a big lie. All activities of Iran were reported to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency. Iran has chosen a clear path for its nuclear activities and there is no need furtiveness.”Larijani also said that Iran would remain a member of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty “until they the West) oblige us (to quit).”
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