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Khatami: Iran expects nuclear talks to guarantee Iranian rights, remove EU concerns

Vienna, April 4, IRNA-President Mohammad Khatami said on Monday that Iran expects its nuclear talks with the European Union (EU) to both guarantee Iranian legitimate rights and allay the concerns about proliferation of nuclear arms.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Austrian President Heins Fischer, President Khatami said that nuclear technology represents progress in industry sector though it is exposed to abuse of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

"We all should have concerns about proliferation of nuclear arms and all nuclear weapon arsenals should be destroyed. The entire humanity should work hand in hand to stop proliferation of nuclear arms and go ahead with disarmament," President Khatami said.

President Khatami said that Iran as a signatory state to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is willing to develop nuclear technology for civilian purposes. Iran has enforced Additional Protocol to NPT, he said.

The Additional Protocol to NPT grants short notice inspection by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the nuclear sites of the NPT signatory states.

He said that Iran has had extensive cooperation with IAEA and Iran proves its goodwill by going ahead with negotiations with the three European nations.

"The IAEA has acknowledged several times that it sees no deviation from the nuclear safeguards," he said.

President Khatami said that before the Islamic Revolution the United States had advised Iran to produce 7,000 megawatts of electricity from nuclear energy and then Iran signed agreements with France and Germany to establish two power plants in 1970s, but after the Islamic Revolution, the US discouraged the contractors from carrying out the projects. A power plant is currently on the last stage of its completion in cooperation with Russia, he said.

"Iran is ready to sign contracts with Europe and the United States to produce 8,000 megawatts of electricity from nuclear energy," President Khatami said.

President Khatami made it clear that Iran does not want anything more than what the international conventions have authorized.

He said that Iran has held positive negotiations with the European Union and IAEA and the problem would be resolved if it did not fall into political trap.

"Iran is ready to give formal guarantees that it will never produce nuclear arms in return for respect for its legitimate right to possess fuel cycle plant under IAEA safeguards," President Khatami said.

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