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15:31 | 2009-09-09

Nuclear

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Iran to Present Proposals to World Powers Today

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Tehran intends to present its updated package of proposals to the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) on Wednesday.



"The package has been updated considering the recent developments in the world and the different events that happened and will be presented to the Group 5+1," Mottaki said at a joint press conference with his visiting Kenyan counterpart Moses Wetangula on Tuesday night.

Asked about the contents or specifications of other packages Iran is due to present to other world countries, he said, "We will present the framework of our views and the pivotal points of this package (proposed to the 5+1) to the other countries."

Noting that Iran has provided a new opportunity for talks on mutual cooperation, Mottaki expressed the hope that the proper grounds would be provided for a new round of negotiations within the framework of the proposed package.

The P5+1 consists of the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany, which are acting on behalf of the international community on Iran's nuclear program.

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

Meantime, Sweden's EU presidency on Friday announced that the European Union is ready for talks with the Islamic Republic on its nuclear cooperation.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, told reporter on the sidelines of meeting with foreign ministers of 27 member states of the EU that if "Iran is ready for interaction with us, we are ready for cooperation, too".

He further noted that the EU wants to cooperate with Iran on many issues, including developments of peaceful nuclear technology.

The International Atomic energy Agency (IAEA) Director General, Mohammad ElBaradei, in his latest report on Iran's peaceful nuclear program underlined, "The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran. Iran has cooperated with the Agency in improving safeguards measures at FEP and in providing the Agency with access to the IR-40 reactor for purposes of design information verification."

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.

Iran is under three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's illegitimate calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.

Tehran has repeatedly stressed that it considers its nuclear case closed after it answered the UN agency's questions about the history of its nuclear program.