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News number: 8806221173

17:03 | 2009-09-13

Nuclear

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Analyst Stresses West's Backtrack in Dealing with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)-The positive and mild response by the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) to Iran's package of proposals showed that the West has given up its former demands from Tehran, an Iranian analyst stated on Sunday.



"West has accepted to sit to the negotiating table with Iran while Iran has announced that it would attend no further talks with the West over its nuclear program and considered the issue as a closed case, and this fact indicates nothing but a retreat on the side of the West," Mehdi Mohammadi told FNA.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki presented Iran's updated nuclear package to the ambassadors and representatives of the six major powers on Wednesday.

The package was submitted to the ambassadors of France, Russia, Germany, and China, the British charge d'affaires, and the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, whose country represents US interests in Iran.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has said he seeks a meeting with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili "at the earliest possible opportunity".

"We are in contact with Dr. Jalili's office to arrange a meeting at the earliest possible opportunity," Solana said Friday after consultations with representatives of the European Union trio (France, Germany, Britain), China, Russia, and US.

Commenting on the West's reaction, Mohammadi told FNA, "West's behavior shows its urgent need for negotiations with Iran. The issue is so important for the West that they are ready to give up their old demands (for attending talks), that is suspension of uranium enrichment activities by Iran."

He reiterated that the West has also realized that in their future talks with Iran, they should put on the agenda more sensitive issues they are confronting in the Middle East and the international arena.

Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltanieh would conduct no further talks with the West over its nuclear program.

"The package has been presented to end the disputes over Iran's nuclear program," he told the network.

"Tehran is ready for logical talks on various issues such as enabling all states to benefit from nuclear energy and preventing the spread of atomic weapons, but these talks cannot include discussions on Iran's legal nuclear activities," he added.