Iran's nuclear proposal to eliminate suspicions: official

A top Iranian security official said Saturday that a nuclear proposal that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to present at the UN General Assembly would eliminate all suspicions over the country's nuclear program.

Ali Aqamohammadi, spokesman of the Supreme National Security Council, made the remarks at a news briefing held on the Iranian nuclear issue by the official IRNA news agency shortly ahead of Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN General Assembly late Saturday.

In the speech, Ahmadinejad is expected to unveil a long-awaited nuclear proposal, IRNA said.

Aqamohammadi told the briefing that "the proposal will eliminate any suspicions about Iran's intention to produce nuclear weapons."

Ahmadinejad arrived in New York Tuesday to attend the UN world summit meeting.

Iran is currently under the pressure of the European Union (EU)to re-suspend its uranium conversion activities before Sept. 19, when the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency would gather for a conference.

The EU and the United States have threatened to refer Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council if Tehran defies the deadline.

The EU has been trying to dissuade Iran from its efforts to build nuclear fuel reactors, including uranium enrichment and conversion activities. Tehran resumed conversion activities on Aug. 8 and rejected a comprehensive nuclear proposal submitted by the EU several days earlier. Aqamohammadi reiterated that Iran was still willing to hold talks and cooperate with the international community on its nuclear standoff.

"Iran is willing to negotiate, expects to reach understanding on the issue and prepare for any type of international cooperation to the effect," he said.

However, the spokesman stressed that "under no condition" would Iran stop its efforts for gaining access to peaceful nuclear technology and that Tehran had made preparations for the "worst consequences."


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