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5/24/06

Tehran has repeatedly announced readiness to hold talks with US unconditionally: FM Spokesman

Tehran, May 24, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Wednesday referring to the recent claims made by the US President George W Bush about Iran's nuclear activities stressed that Tehran has repeatedly announced its readiness to hold talks without any precondition.

Talking to parliamentary reporters on the sideline of an open session of Majlis, he said, "From the very beginning, we had announced that the issue should be settled only through negotiations." President Bush, addressing a press conference on Tuesday, said Washington's primary objective was to solve Iran's nuclear problem diplomatically.

Referring to profound differences between the international community and the US over Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, Asefi said Washington is trying to make all countries reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear activities through force and illogical interpretations.

He further reiterated, "As the Russians announced, negotiations should take place without any preconditions."

Responding to a question on following up the issue of Iranians imprisoned in Guantanamo prison, he said Iran's interest section in Washington is following up the case.

On the Europeans' new proposal for settlement of Iran's nuclear issue, he said the proposal is to be set forth during today's meeting of the 5+1 Group and when finalized it will be announced to Iran.

As to Western media propaganda on the alleged dress code of religious minorities living in Iran and recent remarks made by the Canadian premier, Asefi said the Canadians have adopted a wrong attitude. The Canadian ambassador to Tehran has been summoned to the Foreign Ministry to hear Tehran's protest over remarks of the Canadian prime minister, he added.

The Canadian daily 'National Post' recently said a new dress-code reportedly passed in Iran mandates the government to make sure that religious minorities -- Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians -- will have to adopt distinct colour schemes to make them identifiable in public.

According to the article, under the proposed dress code, Jews will have to wear a yellow badge on their dress in public, while Christians will be required to don red ones and Zoroastrians blue.

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