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Solana: EU position is to continue talks with Iran

Brussels, Jan 19, IRNA-European Union High Representative for common foreign and security policy, Javier Solana, said on Thursday that the EU is ready to continue negotiations with the Islamic Republic, if Tehran changes its stance.

"I think negotiations were never over. At this point in time, if nothing changes it will be very difficult to resume negotiations, but of course our position is to continue negotiations, something has to change from the side of Iran," Solana told reporters in Brussels this afternoon.

Asked what will happen if there is no change in Iran's position, Solana said that the first objective is to hold the extraordinary meeting of the IAEA board of governors "to analyse the situation and take the dossier to the UN Security Council."

Asked by IRNA in what way Iran has to change its position, he replied, "It is very clear. In the last weeks, very important decisions have been made that to our mind goes against the philosophy and objectives that we had," he said citing "breaking of the seals is an activity related to enrichment."

"It is very difficult to talk about how to handle and solve these problems even when we talk about doing it through third countries like Iran wants to negotiate with Russia, but when they break the seal it is a contradictory measure," he said mixing up breaking the seals of the compound for research studies with uranium enrichment plant.

"I will like to say once again. We have nothing against, no quarrel no dispute with the people of Iran. We have said many, many times that we are ready to contribute and cooperate with Iran in the peaceful development of nuclear energy. But we have to have real, 'objective guarantees' for peaceful use of nuclear energy," added Solana.

Iran gave 'objective guarantee' to UN nuclear agency with signing Additional Protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2003 that Iranian nuclear program will not be deviated from civilian utility.

Charter of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) specified Additional Protocol to NPT as 'objective guarantee' to ensure that nuclear programs of the member states will not be diverted to military purpose.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a press conference on Saturday that Iranian nuclear program is in line with Safeguards Agreement of UN nuclear agency and cameras of the UN nuclear watchdog have been installed on all Iranian nuclear sites monitoring them.

"Iranian nuclear program is transparent and cameras of UN nuclear watchdog are installed on all nuclear sites, whereas, none of the Western states allow IAEA to monitor their own nuclear activities," President Ahmadinejad said protesting the Western states propaganda campaign against Iran.

"Iranian nation has the greatest civilization and longstanding culture. They do not need nuclear weapons. The hegemonic powers want to stockpile nuclear weapons to use them against other nations for economic objectives."

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