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Iranian FM terms Rice's recent remarks "positive"

Tehran, Feb 19, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Tehran Monday that remarks made recently by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the importance of a 180-degree change in US policies towards Iran were "positive" and were being studied by Tehran.

Mottaki was speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with the visiting Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi Abdullah.

"Remarks made by Rice in recent days as reported by the media represents a new stance and differs from previous statements of the US," the Iranian minister said.

Turning to similar comments by another American female official, he said that ladies in the US seem to have more courage in expressing the truths.

"Rice's statements are being examined with a positive look and we will declare the outcome of our assessment once we get her exact words," he added.

He added that Iran would announce its conclusions on Rice's remarks after it received the necessary details.

Mottaki: Larijani-Solana talks to reach proper outcome if not disrupted politically

Mottaki said here Monday that if the talks between Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana are not disrupted by political interference, it is possible for them to reach a proper outcome.

Mottaki noted that various countries have been supporting such talks from the beginning and referred to toady's contact of his Japanese counterpart to say that his country considers resumption of talks as a proper way to find a workable solution to Iran's nuclear issue.

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