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FM Spokesman: Iran ready to continue talks with Europeans

Tehran, Oct 4, IRNA-Tehran on Tuesday ruled out any pre-condition or pressure for continuation of talks with the European states and reiterated it was to keep on negotiating to find a solution to the Iran nuclear issue.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi made the remark while addressing domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference.

"Our stance is completely transparent and based on continuation of talks. But the Europeans would do better if they show their sincerity in talking about a continuation of negotiations instead of sending contradictory signs.

"The Europeans themselves suspended nuclear talks but if they are ready to continue negotiations Iran sees no obstacle," he said.

Asked about Russia's request that Iran continue implementation of the Additional Protocol and Moscow's role in the Iran nuclear issue, he said, "We will consider any plan or proposal by Russia that will open a constructive path."

Pointing to letters sent by foreign leaders, including British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, to Iranian officials on the country's nuclear program, the spokesman said, "It is unlikely such letters would have been received.

"Iran's right to nuclear energy is inalienable and legal within the framework of international rules and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)."

On offers made by certain European states to join the Iran-EU3 nuclear talks, he said, "Some countries have been keen to participate in the (nuclear) talks and have called for the creation of an atmosphere that can help clear the current situation."

Asked about remarks made recently by the US assistant secretary of state who said Iran's nuclear program was based on a "policy of deception," he said, "This US official's remark is but another instance of the US Administration's policy of deception at work.

"We have not forgotten the fact that the United States did attack Iraq on the pretext it possessed atomic weapons that have never been found."

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