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News number: 9104252669

11:53 | 2012-08-04

Nuclear

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Senior Official Views Talks as Only Way to Settle Iran's N. Issue

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian diplomat underlined Tehran's right to use peaceful nuclear technology, and said Iran considers negotiations as only way to resolve the country's nuclear standoff with the West.



"We believe the only way to solve the issue of Iran's peaceful nuclear program is continuing the course of negotiations," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told reporters in a press conference in Moscow.

He said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the involved sides in the nuclear negotiation can reach favorable results merely through cooperation and constructive and logical pursuing of the negotiations' course."

Abdollahian reiterated, "The upcoming negotiations that would be held after reaching an agreement between Jalili and Ashton would be an important step forward if the sides of the negotiation would have technical and legal approach towards the talks, but not if they would adopt a political approach."

"If the western sides of the G5+1 would enter the negotiation table with Iran logically, the hopes for achieving result would be high," he added.

He emphasized, "The G5+1 must know that resorting to the pressure and threat approach against Iran in nuclear talks would yield no result for them."

Earlier this week, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast also expressed the hope that talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 would result in the materialization of Iran's nuclear rights and removal of alleged concerns about Iran's nuclear program.

Answering a question about the last month meeting between Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Undersecretary Ali Baqeri and Helga Schmid, the deputy to the EU foreign policy chief, in Istanbul, Mehman-Parast said that talks are aimed at brining the two sides' views closer and reaching an agreement acceptable to both sides.

"If these talks reach a certain result in a way that both concerns of the other side are removed and our rights are fully recognized in a (specific) period of time, that would be the best solution to the problem, and we hope that negotiations will be pursued in this way," Mehman-Parast told reporters on Tuesday.

Iran and the G5+1 agreed to hold the expert-level talks during their negotiations in the Russian capital, Moscow, in June.

The Moscow meetings came after three sessions of plenary talks in Baghdad in May and an earlier round of negotiations in Istanbul in mid-April.

The two sides had, prior to the Istanbul talks, held two rounds of negotiations, one in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2010, and another in Istanbul in January 2011.