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11/12/05

NAM troika meeting with Iranian officials on nuclear issue "positive"

Tehran, Nov 12, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki described as "positive" the meeting held here Friday by the three Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) members with Iranian officials, and said the meeting affirmed the indisputable right of all signatory countries to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to gain access to nuclear technology.

He made the remark at a press conference with his Malaysian and Cuban counteparts as well as the deputy foreign minister of South Africa at the close of the meeting.

He said participants in the meeting issued a statement to reaffirm their stand that all countries, signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), had the right to develop and use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

He further said that the ministers who participated in the meeting voiced their support to the view that a final settlement of Iran's nuclear case should be achieved within the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

According to the foreign minister, the initiative put forward by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his speech delivered at the United Nations General Assembly for world countries or their private sectors to participate in the production of nuclear energy at its Natanz facility was appreciated by the three NAM members.

He said the meeting also called on the foreign ministers of European countries other than the EU-3 to join the negotiations with respect to the Iran nuclear issue.

Mottaki said that the meeting focused mainly on Iran's activities and programs aimed at producing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

In answer to the question of whether Iran would concede to carrying out its enrichment activities in a foreign country, he said it was premature to talk about the subject as Iran had received no concrete proposal in this respect.

He stressed, however, that Iran was open to any kind of proposal from countries without having to give up its rights or violate internation conventions.

Representatives of three Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) troika held meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and senior officials here Friday.

In the meeting, the Malaysian foreign minister, as the current NAM president, Cuban foreign minister and South African deputy foreign minister discussed latest developments on the Iran nuclear issue, including Iran's nuclear activities and future plans in the nuclear field.

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