Iran proposes date, venue, says not to discuss nuclear issue with major powers

08:13, November 11, 2010      

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Iran proposed Nov. 23 or Dec. 5 as the date for planned talks with major powers in Istanbul but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran will not discuss the nuclear issue in the proposed talks.

Referring to Iran's Tuesday official proposal, Turkey announced Wednesday that Iran has proposed either Nov. 23 or Dec. 5 as the date for planned talks with major powers on its nuclear program in Istanbul.

Iranian officials had two proposals on the date of the negotiations with the five UN Security Council permanent members and Germany (G5+1) and were waiting for a response, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted by the semi-official Anatolia news agency as saying.

Iran proposed date and venue for the talks with the G5+1 on Tuesday and said that the country is "serious" and "honest" about the talks.

In an official letter to the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday, the content of which was not disclosed, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili delivered the country's suggestion on the venue and date for the talks with G5+1.

Erdogan said Wednesday that the Iran's nuclear issue could come up during his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the G20 summit, which is due on Thursday and Friday in South Korea.

Iranian President said in a televised speech in the central city of Qazvin on Wednesday that Iran will not make any concession over its nuclear rights and the Islamic Republic will only talk about international problems.

"Iran is ready to hold talks on equal conditions to help settle ongoing problems, ease international concerns and establish peace and security in the world," he said, adding the Islamic Republic will never talk about its basic rights.

The Iranian nation would never allow anyone to violate its legitimate rights even by an iota, he said, expressing the Islamic Republic's readiness to negotiate based on justice and respect, according to local satellite Press TV.

Ahmadinejad called on the West to sit down at the negotiating table with an equal status and based on mutual respect."Under such condition, Iran can hold talks on global issues," he said.

Ahmadinejad said that Iran has already announced that Western countries should change their views and behavior on a number of global issues.

Iran will welcome any hand extended with honesty but would cut off any hand with deception, he was quoted by Press TV as saying.

On Tuesday, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman ruled out the possibility that Iran's upcoming talks with G5+1 will include nuclear fuel swap issue.

"By no means will our talks with the five UN Security Council permanent members and Germany ... include nuclear fuel swap issue, " Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency.

Iran's criteria for the nuclear fuel swap deal is Tehran Declaration, he added.

In a tripartite meeting in Tehran on May 17, Iran signed an agreement with Turkey and Brazil, dubbed Tehran Declaration, to endorse a fuel swap deal, in which Iran agreed to ship most of its low enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for the 20 percent uranium fuel needed for its Tehran research reactor.

Iran has reiterated that its potential upcoming talks with G5+1 will not only include the country's controversial nuclear issue, but should encompass diverse range of global issues which are of interests for both sides.

Source: Xinhua


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