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News number: 8802071374

21:06 | 2009-04-27

Nuclear

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Official Calls on Powers to Give up Threats against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian official asked western powers to avoid using the language of force and threat against Iran in a bid to prepare the ground for the start of nuclear talks between the two sides.



"Activating (the idea of) negotiation between Iran and the six members of the Group 5+1 requires that they give up the language of threat the inefficiency of which was proved in the last stage," Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Undersecretary for Foreign Policy and International Security Ali Baqeri said in an interview with the Arabic-language Alalam news network.

"The negotiations must be goal-oriented so that a common point, which serves as a basis for mutual understanding and agreement, could be achieved," Baqeri added.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her first congressional testimony on US foreign policy, warned on Wednesday that Iran should expect 'tight and crippling sanctions' if dialogue fails.

"We know the imperative of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons," she said. "After years during which the United States basically sat on the sidelines, we are now a full partner in international talks with Iran."

Baqeri further pointed to Iran's fresh package of proposals, and underlined that the package consists of fundamental solutions to regional problems.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently announced that Tehran was preparing a new package of proposals to restart talks with the 6 countries on Tehran's nuclear program, as well as, other major political and economic issues on the international level.

Ahmadinejad's remarks followed an invitation by the 5+1 powers to Tehran to resume nuclear talks with the West. The invitation by the western states came after Iran announced on April 9th that it has achieved complete nuclear fuel production cycle at Isfahan's Fuel Manufacturing Plant (FMP) and tested two types of new high-capacity centrifuges successfully.

Meantime, Iran released an official statement on Wednesday as a response to the recent statement by the 5+1 Group, in which it reiterated that it is and it will continue nuclear work through cooperation with the IAEA and under Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).