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10/16/05

Iranian FM Spokesman: US admits Iran's nuclear right

Tehran, Oct 16, IRNA-The United States has admitted that Iran has the right to use peaceful nuclear technology, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in Tehran on Sunday.

Talking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference, Asefi was commenting on the recent remarks made by the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Iran.

"Remark by Ms Rice on Iran's right to have nuclear technology is something and confidence-building is something else. It is clear the United States has acknowledged that Iran has such rights." He rejected using unfamiliar and inventive literature saying, "Admission of Iran's rights to use nuclear technology is hidden in remarks made by Ms Rice and people like her."

Asefi added, "On building the confidence deemed by Ms Rice, it should be said that confidence will be made through implementation of the (nuclear Additional) Protocol and regulations.

"When we talk about confidence, such a confidence should be built on the basis of commitment to laws and regulations.

"The Europeans should take into consideration that confidence building is a two-way road. It is the Europeans who damaged such a confidence by refraining from fulfilling their commitments." Referring to the visit to Iran of deputy chief of the

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and IAEA inspectors, Asefi said, "The presence in Iran of this delegation is a clear instance of Iran's cooperation with the agency. Good progress was made during the visit."

Asked about the resumption of Iran's nuclear talks with Europe and other states and involvement of South Africa in the negotiations, the spokesman said nuclear talks are currently underway at different levels in Tehran and in European and non-European states.

"Representatives of Iran's Foreign Ministry and Supreme National Security Council are active," he said.

In response to a question on suspension of nuclear activities at Isfahan's Uranium Conversion Facility (as a precondition) to resume talks, he said, "With respect to Isfahan, suspension was carried out voluntarily, and we will not go back to the past.

"It was the Europeans who canceled the Paris Agreement through their unilateral and inexact interpretation," he said.

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