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Iran-Europe to resume talks on nuclear issue on April 25

Tehran, April 20, IRNA - Talks between Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani and Chief of foreign relations of European Union Javier Solana on Iran's nuclear issue are to resume on April 25.

The agreement was reached in a telephone contact between them on Thursday evening.

Larijani has reportedly told Solana that Iran is ready to resume a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear issue. The Iranian official underlined that while Iran is keen to preserve its rights of expanding peaceful use of atomic energy, it is always ready to have constructive deliberations in this regard.

FM: EU should consider Iran industrial-scale nuclear activities

Caracas, April 20, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here on Thursday that Europe should notice, in the new phase of its nuclear talks with Iran, that Tehran has entered the stage of making nuclear activities at industrial scale.

Mottaki, currently in Venezuela, made the remarks in a joint press conference with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Moros.

He stressed that the new round of talks between Iranian top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and the EU Foreign Policy Commissioner Caviar Solana, due to be resumed on April 25, should be held "with no preconditions and based on the existing realities."

Mottaki made it clear that by saying "realities" he was referring to the steps made by Iran to resort its nuclear rights and enter the phase of making industrial-scale nuclear activities.

"This time, I think, our partners in the nuclear talks would take it into consideration that they should recognize, not in words but in action, Iran's right to acquire nuclear technology," Mottaki stressed.

Commenting on the possibility of his participation in the upcoming meeting of Iraq's neighboring states in the Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the Iranian minister said that Teheran has always actively participated in all conferences held on Iraq.

He added that Iran had hosted a conference on Iraq last year.

Noting that his Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Mahmud Zebari is due in Tehran next week, Mottaki said he would discuss the issue of his attendance in the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting during his talks with the Iraqi minister.

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