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Iran does not accept "Indefinite" enrichment suspension

Paris, Nov 5, IRNA -- Iran's suspension of uranium enrichment is negotiable only for confidence-building but not for an indefinite period, said an Iranian official.

"Islamic Republic rejects any suspension which obliges the country to terminate its peaceful nuclear programme," head of Supreme National Security Council's foreign policy committee Hossein Mousavian told IRNA on Thursday.

"EU3 (Germany, France and UK) expressed their readiness to recognize Iran's right to accessing nuclear technology," he said, adding that now indefinite suspension is not among the subjects to be discussed.

On the new round of nuclear talks with EU3, Mousavian predicted that the negotiation will be very complicated. He was however optimistic that the talks with European Union would yield a solution to the dispute over Tehran's dossier.

"Europeans offered a new proposal last week and we have prepared our own proposal which are to be surveyed Friday," he said.

"Till September 2003, the main issue was the previous nuclear activities of Iran," he said, adding that the country was accused of covert operations and going beyond peaceful nuclear operation.

Iranian official said that major concerns have been dispelled through the policies that Iran has adopted over the past year.

"Western countries know that the accusation made against Iran on nuclear bombs has been false," he said.

"We have always been insisting on our natural right to enjoy fuel-cycle system," he noted.

He added that Iran's legitimate right is in line with NPT protocol and it should not be ignored in the upcoming negotiation.

Asked on the effect of US election on Iran, Mousavian said that total US strategy will not change by presidential election.

"Iran-US ties have been faced with basic problems with either democrats or republicans," he said.

Iranian delegation arrived in Paris on Thursday to begin third round of talks with European envoys at French Foreign Ministry on Friday about Iran's nuclear program.

Paris meeting which follows two rounds of Iran-EU talks in Vienna, Austria, is to focus on an agreement on the issue.

Iran has put all its nuclear sites under systematic monitoring of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in line with the additional Protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty it signed last December.

The Europeans offered to supply Iran with fuel for power plants, but, Iran does not consider import of fuel economical when it has established fuel-cycle system under the IAEA safeguards.

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