Iranian president says uranium enrichment non-negotiable right

08:21, November 30, 2010      

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends a press conference in Tehran, capital of Iran, Nov 29, 2010. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that the Islamic Republic will never negotiate over enriching uranium, which is its non-negotiable right.

Iran is ready to talk with the five UN Security Council permanent members and Germany (G5+1) over several issues, but will not negotiate over its unalienable nuclear rights of enriching uranium to be used as fuel, he said at a press conference.

About the upcoming talks with the G5+1, he said agreement has been reached on the date of the talks, but their content and venue are yet to be negotiated.

European Union (EU) foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has agreed to a proposal to meet with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili on Dec. 5, probably in Switzerland, turning down Iranian suggestion of meeting in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, the Iranian president said Iran is ready to talk about the nuclear fuel swap but, as situation has changed since the issuance of the Tehran Declaration, Iran wants new subjects to be included.

He said the Tehran Declaration can be a proper start for the talks which is based on legal and just ground. However, he did not elaborate on the new subjects Iran wants to be included.

In a tripartite meeting in Tehran on May 17, Iran signed an agreement with Turkey and Brazil, dubbed the 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.

The United States and its allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran has denied the charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Source: Xinhua


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