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France ready for talks on Iran nuclear issue conditionally

Paris, Aug 23, IRNA-French Foreign Minister Filippe Douste Blazie said here Wednesday that his country is prepared to hold talks on Iran's nuclear issue, provided Tehran suspends its nuclear activities.

He made the remark, while attending a joint press conference along with his Israeli counterpart.

Blazie said that resuming negotiation on Iran's nuclear issue depends on suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran.

Turning to Iran's response to the proposal of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) plus Germany (5+1 group) as complicated, he said, "We are assessing Iran's response with our European partners as well as Russia, China and the US. We will present our response, once the issue is examined." The French minister declared his country's readiness for talks, adding that as Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani is aware, suspension of enrichment is the precondition for resumption of talks.

He dismissed any link between the recent developments in Lebanon and Iran's nuclear issue.

Iran's top nuclear negotiator and Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, on Tuesday presented Iran's official response to a package of incentives offered by five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- China, Russia, Britain, France and the United States -- plus Germany (Group 5+1) to Tehran on June 6.

Larijani delivered Tehran's answer to ambassadors of the Group 5+1 Group as well as Swiss ambassador as caretaker of the US interests in Iran.

After presenting Iran's response, Larijani said, "In most cases where ambiguities existed, we tried to pave the way for fair negotiation on Iran's nuclear issue through rational and positive interpretation."

Upon submitting Iran's response to the 5+1 group, Larijani declared Iran's readiness to enter into serious talks on the matter, adding that it has suggested a constructive path.

Russia to study Iran's response to Group 5+1 precisely

Moscow, Aug 23, IRNA-Russia, like its other partners in Group 5+1, would study with precision Iran's response to a package of incentives in exchange for its freeze on all uranium enrichment and related activities, Russian Foreign Ministry said here Wednesday in a statement.

The Russian ministry's statement said it should be determined whether it would be possible to cooperate with Tehran based on proposals of Group 5+1.

Russia would continue its efforts to find political strategies to settle Iran's nuclear case through negotiations and intends to preserve the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to prevent violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it added.

The statement also expressed Russia's readiness to hold bilateral talks with Iranian officials and multilateral negotiations and make use of the United Nations Security Council's potentials.

"What took place in Lebanon and the two Israeli soldiers who were kidnapped should not be associated with Iran's nuclear issue, given that these are two distinct matters," he added.

Blazie said that Iran is willing to have a decisive role in the important Middle East region and that it is now the time for it to prove such a role by materializing the regional stability.

Berlin "thoroughly analyzing" Iran's reply on nuclear proposal

Berlin, Aug 23, IRNA-The German government is "thoroughly analyzing" Iran's response to a western nuclear proposal, a top German official said Wednesday.

"We are thoroughly analyzing and assessing this very comprehensive and complex text ...," German Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger announced during a news conference in Berlin.

"The second step will be to discuss and compare the results of our evaluation with our partners. After that we will react publicly," he added.

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