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Iranian Official: Negotiation best way for solving Iran's nuclear issue

Tehran, Oct 08, IRNA-Deputy chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) for planning and international affairs, Mohammad Saeedi, said on Saturday that it would be reasonable for Iran and EU to avoid any threatening approach towards the nuclear case and merely solve it through negotiations.

Saeedi who is member of negotiating team with EU, told IRNA that finding proper ways to tackle the issue is the best way to solve it in order to remove the Europeans concerns in this respect and at the same time completely restore Iran's rights for access to nuclear fuel cycle, according to Article 4 of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Saeedi said that if the matter (are) solved through practical, rational, legal and technical ways, the positive outcome of such negotiation will be to the interest of Iran, Europe and the US as well.

"Similar to Europe, Iran has many options to choose from. Though our alternatives may not be more favorable than theirs, they are not inferior either.

"In case, Europe chooses to go to the extremes Iran will have many options. But I hope that they would not take such a measure and that the more reasonable EU members will prevent the radical ones from extremist approach," he added.

The official noted that proper reactions have already been predicted by Iran in facing the Europeans likely options.

"If the dossier is to be referred to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the harsh atmosphere expected to follow such a decision will neither be to our interest, nor to that of Europe," he added.

Saeedi noted that from Iran's outlook, no prerequisite is required to resume negotiations which is the best option for a settlement along with admission of the rights of both sides.

"The majority of states attending the September meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors voting in favor of the EU3 resolution admitted that negotiation is the best option," he added.

On upcoming meeting of Board of Governors in November, he said that the EU generally desires to have the issue settled through dialogue, adding that there may be some states preferring confrontation.

"Iran has never disrupted or disregarded negotiations unilaterally. It is important to solve the remaining problems through negotiations in the November meeting. I predict a remarkable progress in our cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog will take place.

"On the other side, holding talks on the issue with the IAEA member states will be the best option and no one can say what will be the situation in November, since basic changes may come up," added the official," he added.

Asked to elaborate on the resolution issued by EU and performance of Iran's new negotiating team, he said that except Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, who met with the three EU ministers in New York, no other talks have yet been held by the new team.

"During the September meeting, no negotiation took place with EU states, neither officially nor unofficially. The talks were rather held with China, Russia and members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

In response to a question about coordinating the nuclear policies declared by the officials, he noted that the country's approach towards the nuclear issue is clear, adding that however, the interview conducted with Larijani about Iran's membership in NPT was misunderstood.

"During the interview, he had said that Iran would revise voluntary steps it took for confidence building since 2003. But some media had reflected the issue such that Iran may quit NPT, which is not true.

"Larijani had brought up a sensitive point. But given the significance of the NPT to reporters, they put too much emphasis on it. Meanwhile, the following day the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh announced in Vienna that Iranian governing system does not at all intend to quit NPT.

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