Iranian FM blames West for "negative approach" to nuclear issue

11:05, February 28, 2011      

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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi criticized Western countries for their "negative approach" towards Iran's nuclear program, the English language satellite Press TV reported Sunday.

Despite Iran's constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Western governments are pursuing double-standard policies towards Iran's nuclear energy program, Salehi said during a meeting with Japanese Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Bessho Koro in Tehran on Saturday.

Salehi also censured the West for adopting a different approach in regard to Israel, which refuses to sign the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the report said.

Iran is ready to hold more talks with the G5+1, namely Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany, Salehi was quoted as saying.

For his part, the Japanese deputy foreign minister said Iran has the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and added that Tokyo is determined to develop ties with Tehran, according to the report.

The nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers in Istanbul wrapped up without any progress on Jan. 22.

The West has long been accusing Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons under civilian disguise, which has been denied by Tehran.

Source: Xinhua
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