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18:33 | 2009-05-13

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FM: Iran-Britain Relations "Normal" despite Disagreements

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Wednesday acknowledged political debates and disagreements between Iran and Britain, but meantime underlined that relations between the two countries are not troubled.

"We have disagreements with Britain in our discussions and viewpoints over different issues; but (in the meantime) we have normal relations and there are no specific problems regarding the ties," Mottaki told reporters following a cabinet meeting here in Tehran today.

Mottaki' comments came two days after hostile remarks by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband during a meeting on Palestine at the UN on Monday, where Miliband accused Tehran of interfering in domestic affairs of the Palestinian nation, claiming that Iran is misusing the sufferings of the Palestinian nation.

Meantime, Miliband raised the issue of Iran's peaceful nuclear program in the meeting urging Russia to help ensure that Iran would always respect its obligations regarding the non-proliferation of the nuclear weapons.

Elsewhere, Mottaki reminded Tehran's stance regarding potential talks with the US over Tehran's nuclear program, and noted that Iran's viewpoints are realistic and it makes judgments on the basis of the attitude and performance of the US.

Mottaki said Iran would make its decision once it observes "positive grounds in the practical approaches and attitudes of the new US administration".

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.