Iran urges Italy for "independent" position on its nuclear issue: speaker

08:32, June 02, 2010      

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Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Tuesday Tehran expects the Italian government to adopt "an independent stand" on its nuclear issue, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Larijani made the remarks in his meeting with Italy's Ambassador to Iran Alberto Bradanini and said the Tehran declaration on the country's nuclear program was a positive stride towards building confidence, the report said.

On May 17, Iran signed an accord with Turkey and Brazil in Tehran, under which it would ship most of its low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for the 20-percent uranium fuel needed for its Tehran reactor. However, some countries including the United States insisted on sanctions.

Tehran and Rome enjoy growing relations as well as strong cultural ties and trade exchange, Larijani was quoted as saying.

The Italian ambassador, for his part, said that his country believes that any dispute over Iran's nuclear issue should be solved through dialogue in a peaceful atmosphere.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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