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Iranian FM calls on EU3 members for forbearance, patience

Bandar Abbas, Hormuzgan prov, Jan 13, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Friday in reaction to the approach of the three EU members - France, Germany and Britain - towards Iran's peaceful nuclear activities called for their forbearance, patience and sensible attitude.

Following the EU3 foreign ministers meeting in Berlin on Thursday, the three ministers said in a press conference that Iran could face United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of the cabinet meeting in Bandar Abbas, Mottaki said that Iran's right to access nuclear technology is not associated with the will of any particular country but that has to do with the country's membership in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"No one can ever deprive the Iranian nation of such a right and its restoration does not require the approval of any country.

"Our approach is quite clear. However, Iran is ready to clarify the ambiguities or worries in this respect raised by any country likely to be skeptical about the issue," he added.

Mottaki recommended the European countries to separate the issue of research from that of nuclear fuel production and stop their propaganda against research which has been unfairly subject to suspension in the past, given that it is quite normal to conduct research.

"We are prepared to continue talks with the EU trio in case they are willing to negotiate the nuclear fuel, just as we are discussing the issue with China, Russia and members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

"In case of referral of the nuclear dossier to the UNSC, the EU members will lose the present chances, given that once such a measure is taken, according to the Majlis ratified bill, the Iranian government will have to stop all its voluntary cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog," added Mottaki.

The minister announced that it i up to the European states to make decision in this regard.

"They can choose to continue talks, hear Iran's clear explanations and come up with a solution that would be satisfactory to both sides, thus restoring Iran's right and ending all the current concerns.

"Another option will be to end cooperation, in which case Iran will merely deal with the IAEA to restore its inalienable rights," concluded Mottaki.

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