13 Ocak 2011 Perşembe

Iran not to discuss its nuclear program with 5+1 countries - FM

Official Tehran wants to discuss its nuclear program only with the IAEA, the Iranian Acting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the "Iran" newspaper.

Salehi called any discussion over Iran's nuclear program with the "5+1" countries (the five permanent UN Security Council members - Britain, China, Russia, USA and France plus Germany), "meaningless".

According to him, if the "5+1" countries will try to discuss Iran's nuclear program, the Islamic Republic will not officially recognize these negotiations.

"In our opinion, talk about Iran's nuclear program is fake created by the West. We are ready to discuss with the West only the packages of proposals", said Salehi.

The next round of talks on Iran's nuclear issue between Tehran and six international mediators will be held in Istanbul on January 21-22. The previous round, which was attended by Deputy Foreign Ministers of the 5+1 countries and the EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, completed on December 7, 2010 in Geneva.

In July 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama urged Iran to respond by September to the proposal of the six countries, which stipulated a refusal from further nuclear research for exchange to trade preferences. Iran responded by submitting a package of proposals relating to world nuclear energy and other global challenges.

The U.S. and other Western countries accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons under cover of peaceful nuclear energy program. Tehran denies the accusation, saying its nuclear program aimed at meeting the country's electricity needs.


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