Iran's FM reiterates readiness for nuclear talks

15:54, June 16, 2011      

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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi reiterated the country's readiness for nuclear talks, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Thursday.

"The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran has once again announced Iran's readiness to (resolve) our country's nuclear issue through negotiations with the G5+1 (consisting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany)," Salehi was quoted as saying.

The Iranian minister also reiterated "Iran has always had very good cooperation with the (International Atomic Energy) Agency," and this is the proof of the "peaceful" nature of its nuclear program, he told reporters on Wednesday.

Russian officials said Wednesday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has told them Tehran is prepared for closer cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"We heard a reassurance from the Iranian president that additional steps will be made to ensure greater transparency of the Iranian nuclear program as part of contacts between Tehran and the IAEA," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a meeting between Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Ahmadinejad and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The West suspects that Iran's uranium enrichment may be meant for producing nuclear weapons, which has been denied by Iranian officials.

Source: Xinhua
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