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10/20/04

Iran, European trio to discuss proposal on Thursday: Diplomat

Vienna, Oct 20, IRNA -- The European proposal on Iran's nuclear activities will be discussed during Thursday afternoon meeting between Iran and the European trio in Vienna, it was announced in Vienna on Wednesday.

The announcement was made by a European diplomat who will be a participant of the Thursday meeting.

Talking to IRNA, he said that guarantee for transfer of nuclear technology to Iran in case of Iran's cooperation will be top on the agenda of talks on Thursday.

The diplomat who was talking on condition of anonymity, added that expansion of Iran-EU cooperation in all areas particularly in fields of trade and economy will be among other topics to be discussed by Iran and the European trio (Britain, Germany, France).

It is said that Amir Hossein Zamaninia, Foreign Ministry director general for international affairs, will head the Iranian delegation to the Thursday meeting.

The diplomat did not elaborate on the European proposal to Iran but some experts in Vienna said that the three European states will support Iran's access to light water reactor.

"We would support Iran's acquisition a light water research reactor," said the seven-page document presented by Britain, France and Germany to the G8 group of industrialized nations last week in Washington ahead of a meeting of the so-called Euro-3 with Iran on Thursday in Vienna.

Meanwhile Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) chief Gholamreza Aqazadeh said here on Wednesday "any proposal must recognize our legitimate rights.

"Civil nuclear technology is one of the legitimate rights of any country, we do not accept any proposition which does not respect our rights," he told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran.

"We are in favor of having discussions with the Europeans. We have made our own proposals and await their response," Aqazadeh said.

In related developments, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi here Sunday said that Tehran has not received any (new) proposal from European states regarding the nuclear issue.

Speaking to reporters at his weekly press briefing, he said the only proposal acceptable to Iran is one that would serve its national interest.

Any proposal should also recognize Iran's legitimate right to the peaceful use of nuclear technology, he added.

"Since we have not received any proposal, we cannot comment about it. Until we receive the proposal, we cannot say whether we will accept or reject it," Asefi noted.

"We will not abandon our legal right to make use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes," he reiterated, but said "a mutual understanding or agreement can be reached through dialogue."

As to cooperation with Europe on the issue, Asefi said the Islamic Republic has so far had fruitful talks with the European trio and that the talks will continue in the future.

If Europe desires to come to an understanding, the only way would be for it to respect Iran's views and do its part in building mutual confidence, the Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed.

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