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17:27 | 2009-09-12

Nuclear

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Mottaki: Iran Not to Withdraw from N. Rights

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki stressed on Saturday that Tehran will not compromise with the West on the nation's nuclear rights.



Referring to the sanctions imposed on Iran's nuclear program by the western countries during the past four years, Mottaki said, "In case these countries insist on the continuation of their failed policies for a longer period of time, it will be their own business but we cannot compromise on establishing the rights of the Iranian nation."

He made the remarks in a joint press conference with his visiting Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

Mottaki also pointed to a package of proposals presented by Iran to the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) on Wednesday, and expressed the hope that it would be studied exactly, deeply and seriously by the six states.

He reiterated that presentation of the package indicates Iran's serious resolve to discuss the issues suggested in the package.

"…in case the grounds are prepared, the talks can be carried out," the Iranian top diplomat added.

Ambassadors of Russia, China, Switzerland (which hosts the US interests section in Iran), Germany, France, and the Charge d'Affaires of Britain (in absence of the country's ambassador) received Iran's package of proposals to the world powers in a meeting with Mottaki on Wednesday.

During the meeting with the foreign missions' representatives on Wednesday afternoon, Mottaki referred to the ongoing developments at the international scene and in the sensitive Middle East region, arguing, "Considering such developments in the framework of this proposed package is a necessity."

Also during the Wednesday meeting, Mottaki asked the Group 5+1 ambassadors and diplomatic representatives to present Iran's new package of proposals to their governments and to inform Tehran of their capital's respective viewpoints in return.