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10:18 | 2012-07-10


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Iranian FM Blames West for Deadlock in N. Standoff

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran is fully committed to resolving the nuclear issue, but the world powers deviate from the understandings made at the first of three rounds of negotiations this year.

"For some reason whenever there is light at the end of the tunnel, somebody tries to cover up even that dim light," Salehi said in an interview with Reuters in Abu Dhabi.

"The continuation of this (deadlock) ... is not in the interest of the international community, not in the interests of my country and not in the interest of the region."

In Moscow last month, the Group 5+1 - Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the United States - repeated demands that Iran stop enriching uranium to 20 percent fissile purity, ship its stocks of the fuel out of the country and close down its Fordow enrichment facility.

Iran refused the requests unless Western governments eased punitive economic sanctions and acknowledge its right to enrich uranium under international law.

"Iran is ready to talk about the 20 percent issue but of course it should be reciprocated properly," said Salehi.

He said that if Iran's needs for fuel for several planned reactors producing medical isotopes were fully met, then it would be ready to discuss halting high-grade enrichment.

He denied accusations that Iran's Parchin military site had been cleansed of atomic material caused by nuclear explosives tests.

Nuclear inspectors would be able to confirm this when the time came to visit that site again, he said.

Salehi said granting the UN nuclear watchdog access to Parchin depended on when Iran managed to conclude a broader agreement with the IAEA.