Iran supports continued talks with six powers: FM

09:09, October 02, 2009      

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Iran's Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki said Thursday that Iran supports continued talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

Mottaki made the remarks at a press conference at UN Headquarters, held in coincidence with the Geneva talks between Iran and the six powers on its nuclear program.

The foreign minister said he had had talks with the foreign ministers of different countries, including those from most of the six powers.

He emphasized that "expectations shouldn't be very high on the October 1 meeting and talks must be realistic," he said.

The six countries also expressed support for "the continuation of such talks," he noted.

"We support such a will for continuation of dialogue," Mottaki said.

On the Geneva talks which has just ended, Mottaki described the atmosphere as "constructive."

"We hope that the other side would have the same political will and determination," Mottaki said

He also urged the other parties to have "a constructive approach for participating in this dialogue," adding that Iran "has the readiness to enhance the level of such talks up to the level of summit meeting."

Mottaki said that Iran, "a member state of the NPT (Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty) for 40 years," is having transparent cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in accordance with relevant international laws and regulations.

He reiterated that Iran will continue its uranium enrichment activity in the process of developing a peaceful nuclear program.

Source: Xinhua
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