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Iran to work out a reply for EU nuclear incentive package by August 22

Tehran, July 20, IRNA-Iran said on Thursday the special panels studying package of the European Union (EU) for national nuclear program will work out a reply until August 22.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the EU package as a new initiative from the European partners and is considering context of the package with positive attitude. It is normal that it takes time to examine the offer and it is logical to accomplish the job by August 22. The specialized panels studying the EU package are seriously working on the project," Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said in a statement.

Iran has preferred the path of negotiations and understanding as the most logical solution to Iran's nuclear case, he said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has decided to generate 20,000 MW electricity from nuclear energy for the next 20 years and has made a planning to produce fuel for the nuclear power plants inside the country.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran honors its obligations to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Safeguards of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and and implemented Additional Protocol to NPT for the past three years."

"Over 2,000 persons/days inspections to Iranian nuclear sites have been carried out by the UN nuclear agency in the past three years in the context of 52 periods of inspections by the Safeguards officers of IAEA," said Larijani.

"If the path of confrontation is selected instead of negotiations and in case of adoption of any measure which jeopardizes inalienable right of the Iranian nation, there will remain no other option but a revision of national nuclear policy," Larijani said in his statement.

"Iran demands nothing beyond the rights predicted in the NPT which all countries possess.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has exercised satisfactory cooperation with IAEA during the past three years within frameworks of the comprehensive nuclear Safeguards and voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to NPT.

Based on the IAEA reports, no cases of unannounced nuclear materials were founded in Iran. All nuclear materials of the country were reported to the UN agency and supervised by that body.

"Meanwhile, the IAEA has explicitly announced no diversion from civilian purpose in national nuclear program and that there is no weapons program.

"As the IAEA director-general said, the agency's approval of lack of unannounced nuclear activities and materials in any country is a time-consuming process and is not limited to Iran. Rather, it is a situation which includes 46 states such as 14 European sates.

"Issues raised on concerns of the international community over Iran's nuclear activities belong to several member states of the United Nations.

"Statement of foreign ministers of 116 member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Malaysia, statement from foreign ministers of 57-nation the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Azerbaijan Republic and statement of D-8 Group Eight Developing Nations in support for Iran's peaceful nuclear activities are indications proving opposition of major part of the international community with discriminatory trend and concerns over establishment of an illegal approach to deprive most countries of access to peaceful nuclear energy," said the statement.

"It is surprising for Iran that after the first round of talks held with the European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Brussels and under circumstances that no specific event took place since then, there are indications that certain parties, the United States in particular, intend to create obstacle in the way of diplomacy and talks through shifting the path of negotiations to the path of the Security Council.

Iran calls on the EU partners to come to the negotiation table.

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