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11/26/05

Iran, France ready to resume nuclear talks

Paris, Nov 26, IRNA-High-ranking Iranian and French Foreign Ministry officials in a meeting on Friday night said that they are ready to resume Iran-EU nuclear negotiations.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Euro-American Affairs Saeed Jalili in a meeting with the French Foreign Ministry Secretary General Jean-Pierre Lafon said that Iran is prepared to resume nuclear talks with EU as per schedule and in line with the international laws securing Iran's legitimate rights.

He referred to such resumption of negotiations as an important step towards mutual confidence-building and a starting point in Iran-EU cooperation at the higher level, in particular with France.

Expounding on the country's policy on nuclear non-proliferation, he said that over the past years, Iran has been inclined towards compliance with nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), cooperating with the inspectors of its nuclear installations even on a voluntary basis and follow-up of bilateral confidence-building.

Turning to mutual relations over the past centuries and the acquaintance of both nations with each other's history, culture and literature, he said that Iran's foreign policy is based upon promotion of peace, stability and tranquility in the world based on justice for all.

"We believe that issues such as campaign against weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, promotion of human rights and the Middle East conflict brought up as the challenge facing Iran-Europe relations could rather lead to bilateral understanding and cooperation.

Jalili stressed that as two significant countries playing crucial regional and international roles, Iran and France are in a position to take initiatives for major collaboration both in the region and at the global level.

For his part, Lafon briefed Jalili on the foreign policy of the French government and said that his country is keen on strengthen its ties with Iran.

He added that the French officials believe that confidence building measures should rather be taken at the international level and within the framework of the global treaties and laws.

The official expressed his country's interest in continuing the nuclear negotiations with Iran to achieve a positive outcome.

Under the impression of the US, the three EU members repeatedly called upon Iran to overlook all its rights to the uranium enrichment technology, despite the international laws and NPT.

However, by rejecting such a proposal, Iran declared that according to the regulations of the UN nuclear watchdog, it is keen to make full use of its rights and that it would not yield to the nuclear apartheid.

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