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8/21/06

Foreign Minister: Iran committed to holding talks on nuclear issue

Pretoria, Aug 21, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, speaking in Pretoria on Monday, said that Iran is willing to continue talks on the remaining issues related to its nuclear activities for peaceful purposes to come up with a proper solution.

The minister made the remark at the inaugural ceremony of the 9th Iran-South Africa Cooperation Commission meeting in Pretoria.

Mottaki said that Iran has examined the issue and is willing to resume talks based on its rights and within the framework of NPT to solve the matter.

"Iran's inalienable right to access nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes has been provided by its membership in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)," he added.

Mottaki underlined that Iran has been transparent in its nuclear activities, adding that it welcomed the early proposal of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) plus Germany (5+1 group) for holding talks in Vienna.

"In the middle of negotiations in Vienna and as a consequence of the attempts of certain countries, Iran's nuclear issue was returned to the UNSC.

"Such a measure has created new doubts about these countries respect for Iran's inalienable rights to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes," he said.

Appreciating South Africa for supporting Iran's nuclear issue, the minister said that no party is entitled to disregard the rights of NPT member states.

Mottaki arrived in Pretoria Monday morning at the head of a political delegation for an official two-day visit to hold talks with senior South African officials.

The 9th session of the Iran-South Africa Joint Cooperation Commission kicked off here Monday.

The session was chaired by the Iranian foreign minister and his South African counterpart, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who both hold the current presidency.

During his stay in Pretoria, the Iranian foreign minister is scheduled to meet with Dlamini-Zuma and discuss major developments in the Middle East as well as Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

He will also hold a meeting with South African President Thabo Mbeki and the ministers of energy and mines, industry and trade and science and technology.

Mottaki is to visit facilities for production of liquid fuel from coal in the city of Secunda in South Africa's Mpumalanga province, 130 km from the capital Pretoria on Monday.

South Africa imported dlrs 2.3 billion worth of goods from Iran in 2005 and exported 130-million-dollar worth of products to Iran.

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