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Iranian FM: Iran concerned over slow pace, fruitless nuclear talks

United Nations, New York, May 3, IRNA-Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi here Monday expressed concerns over slow and fruitless trend of nuclear talks during his separate meetings with several senior officials.

During his meetings with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, his Australian counterpart Alexander Downer and Luxembourg Deputy Foreign Minister Nicolas Schmit held on the sidelines of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York, Kharrazi said Iran must witness a considerable progress in that regard.

The Iranian minister assessed Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as positive and constructive.

"It has been proved that Iran has not made use of nuclear energy for non-peaceful purposes and took serious steps to build confidence transparently," he said.

"The international community should move towards global disarmament," he said, stressing the importance of observing all NPT Articles.

"We believe we should move towards international disarmament. We proposed ideas to settle problems," Kharrazi told Schmit, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

Meanwhile, in a meeting between Kharrazi and his Japanese counterpart Nobutaka Machimura, the two sides discussed bilateral relations and cooperation on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

"We are willing to reach a breakthrough in talks with the three European states," Kharrazi said.

The Japanese minister expressed his country's support for Iran's nuclear talks with the three European states (Germany, Britain and France) and hoped Iran-EU talks would be continued to achieve good results.

Japan is determined to boost cooperation with Iran as a regional power, Nobutaka said.

Kharrazi, in a meeting with UN General Assembly President Jean Ping, said current concerns and expectations of developing states should be observed in the UN structural reshuffle.

Ping, for his part, said developing states enjoy special position in international developments.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, in his meeting with Kharrazi, underlined the need to continue the confidence-building process.

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