Iran sets conditions to resume talks, but has no plans to stop uranium enrichment

13:54, July 07, 2010      

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Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili (R) speaks with a delegate on the sidelines of the International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Tehran April 17, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Iran announced conditions on Tuesday to resume talks with the world powers over its enduring controversial nuclear issue but said that it has no plans to halt its "peaceful" nuclear activities.

In a letter forwarded to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili announced on Tuesday that Iran can resume nuclear talks from Sept. 1 if certain conditions are met, the official IRNA news agency reported.

According to IRNA, Jalili, responding to Ashton's earlier talks offer, said that "In order to initiate the talks, your answer to the three following questions (of Iran) is needed."

Jalili's first question to Catherine Ashton who is currently acting the negotiator between Iran and G5+1 (including five permanent members of UN Security Council plus Germany) asked "Is the objective of the resumption of the talks cooperation or the continuation of enmity with Iranians' rights?"

And "Are you committed to the logic of the talks which necessitates avoiding threats and pressures (on Iran)?" Jalili was quoted as saying.

As the third question, Iran called on the West to adopt a clear stance over Israel's nuclear arsenal.

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