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10/14/05

Iranian FM expounds on his negotiations with Chinese officials

Beijing, Oct 14, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Friday expressed satisfaction with his negotiations with the Chinese officials on bilateral, regional and international issues.

Speaking to reporters and reviewing conclusion over his two-day visit to China at Iran's embassy in Beijing, he added that peaceful use of nuclear energy by Iran was high on the agenda.

He noted that during the meetings, the two sides agreed that the negotiation is the best way to solve Iran's nuclear problems with the West.

The minister said that during the talks the Chinese officials had underlined that Iran has the right for access to nuclear technology and energy for peaceful purposes.

He noted that China has always been supporting the idea of solving the nuclear issue within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and has considered holding talks as the best way to tackle the issue.

"Iran approves China's approach in this respect and given the status of China and other countries playing a key role in the IAEA Board of Governors, Tehran hopes that such an outlook will be given preference by the board since this would prevent the nuclear dossier from being politicized." He declared Iran's readiness for resumption of nuclear negotiations "without any preset conditions" within a time schedule and a definite objective.

"Ever since Iran became a member of the UN atomic watchdog and accepted the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it has been cooperating closely with the agency and has felt committed to continue such collaboration within the NPT and the Nuclear Safeguard framework.

"Meanwhile, Iran would not accept any terms beyond legal boundaries," he added.

Turning to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's proposal on participation of other countries and private companies in Iran's nuclear activities, even in the enrichment process as the most sensitive phase, the minister noted that this proves Iran's transparency and non-violation of nuclear regulations.

"On the other hand, this underlines Iran's legal right for access to nuclear energy and fuel cycle.

"This is not a right to be restored to Iran by any country, given that in the NPT framework we are entitled to it. Iran would never accept the nuclear apartheid," added Mottaki.

According to him, Iran welcomes constructive proposals for settling the nuclear issue and its use for peaceful purposes. He added that Iran has negotiated with the majority of members the IAEA Board of Governors, including European countries and would continue the relevant talks.

"At present, there is no plan for talks with the US on the nuclear issue. Neither has Washington made such a call," he noted.

Elaborating on his visit to Beijing, he referred to his meetings with China's oil companies at the presence of Iran's Deputy Oil Minister Hadi Nejad-Hosseinian and said that the Chinese enterprises presented reports on their activities.

Concerning supply of Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) for China, he said that some mutual agreements are currently underway and the ground has been paved for signing a "long-term accord" between Nejad-Hosseinian and Chinese energy officials.

"Participation of some Chinese companies in various oil field projects, including South Pars, North Azadegan, and Yadavaran among others such as construction of a refinery by Chinese enterprises are currently on the agenda, he added.

Mottaki noted that the Iranian deputy oil minister has already reached agreements on the technical issues of Yadavaran oil field project.

"Besides, the simultaneous fruitful talks conducted by another Iranian delegation in China on production of aluminum in Iran by China according to a one-billion-dollar contract is now being finalized," said the minister.

Turning to the day-to-day growing consumption of energy by China as the world's second largest energy consumer, he underlined the country's satisfaction over supplying part of China's required energy which is quite effective in its economic fruition.

"China is seeking a reliable energy and we are able to guarantee to supply it. In fact, a strategic phase is now being started in cooperation between the two countries," he said.

Mottaki referred to the significance of the Persian Gulf in supply of energy adding that it will supply about 80 percent of the world energy up to 2020 and over 90 percent of it up to 2030.

"By that time, Iran will be the world's second largest oil producer and the countries seeking guarantees for their energy supply are aware that Iran could be the most reliable partner," he added.

He pointed to Majlis ratified bill on supply of 20,000 MWs of nuclear energy over the coming years and declared that the project on two nuclear power stations have been put on tender and that Iran would welcome participation of Chinese enterprises in the bid.

"During the visit, besides discussing matters of bilateral interests, mutual ties as well as the regional and international developments, continuing trend of negotiations was underlined.

In response to a question about India's vote at the IAEA Board of Governors and its impact on Iran-India ties, in particular in the domain of energy, he said, "At the last moments of the meeting, India committed a tactical mistake and made a decision which New Delhi later noticed was wrong.

"However, Iran would continue its friendly talks with India and I believe the future cooperation between the two states should be multifaceted."

In response to a question raised by Reuters on Britain's claim over Iran's support for terrorist acts in Iraq, the minister replied that in his view the British government has started a new scenario aiming at prolongation of the foreign troops' stay in Iraq.

"The other objective of the scenario is to get away with the serious charges raised against British forces in Basra and those facing the British government in recent riots in Iran's southern Khuzestan Province," added Mottaki.

The foreign minister called on the British government to take into view the outlooks and the public opinion request for security in Iraq and the presence of foreign forces in the country.

Mottaki ended his remarks by calling for guarantees to allow the Iraqi people determine the destiny of their own country as soon as possible.

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