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4/12/07

Iranian official: Preconditioned talks with the U.S. are degrading for Iran

TEHRAN, Apr.10 (ISNA)-Iran's foreign ministry deputy stated that considering the preconditions set by U.S., Iran-U.S. talks were degrading for Iran and unlikely to bear any positive results.

U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice has recently expressed determination to maintain talks with Iran's foreign ministry high ranking officials.

"Considering the preconditions appointed by the U.S. for the talks and the U.S. attitude, I believe that the talks will hold no positive results," Mehdi Moustafavi told ISNA.

He reflected that the U.S. was asking Iran to give up its most inalienable rights.

"Under such circumstances talks would be degrading for Iran," he said.

He further referred to Iran's persistent efforts to release the five Iranian diplomats kidnapped in Arbil.

On January 11, the U.S. soldiers kidnapped five Iranian diplomats from Iran's consulate office in Arbil, north of Iraq.

The U.S. accused them of being agents of Iran's intelligence service. Iran has repeatedly said that the detainees were consular officers and demanded their immediate release through various routes.

Iran's foreign ministry deputy referred to the latest condition of the kidnapped diplomats and the gathering of their respective families in the Red Cross office in Tehran.

"Unfortunately our efforts to release them haven't got anywhere. We are still keeping our correspondence with the Iraqi high ranking officials and they have promised us on the matter. We are trying to do our best," he said.

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