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2/25/07

Iranian FM urges 5+1 group to take bold decision

TEHRAN, Feb. 24 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki here on Saturday called on the 5+1 group to "take a bold decision" so that the nuclear negotiations with Iran can be resumed.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany will meet in London on Monday to begin drafting a second sanctions resolution on Iran.

"Without exception, all parties involved have emphasized the need for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear issue," Mottaki told reporters at a press conference with his Bahraini counterpart Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al Khalifa.

In a report issued on Thursday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei concluded that Iran had not suspended its nuclear fuel enrichment as the UN Security Council had demanded.

As the Islamic Republic has repeatedly declared, "Our nuclear activities are transparent and peaceful... A bold and logical decision can become a good solution to this matter and start international cooperation," the Iranian foreign minister noted.

"A resumption of the nuclear talks would benefit everyone," he added.

ElBaradei's report acknowledges that the Islamic Republic has cooperated with the IAEA in installing cameras at nuclear sites, allowing IAEA inspections, and informing the UN nuclear watchdog of all aspects of its nuclear activities, Mottaki said.

It is very important that the IAEA director general has stated in the report that there has been no evidence of any undeclared activities in Iran, he noted, adding that IAEA inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities are continuing.

In response to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's recent statements, Mottaki said, "We do not believe the United States is in a position to impose another crisis in the region on its taxpayers."

According to AFP, Cheney said on Saturday in Australia that Washington favors a diplomatic approach to Tehran's nuclear program but that "all options are still on the table."

However, the Islamic Republic has prepared for these two scenarios in regard to the regional and nuclear issues, Mottaki said.

"We prefer the choice that is based on dialogue and constructive interaction."

Aggression in nuclear issue will not be beneficial

The Bahraini foreign minister said that every possible avenue for finding a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue should be explored in order to avoid "aggressive and military approaches that would lead the region into a terrible situation."

"No other solution is beneficial to us and to the world," Khalifa added.

Nuclear energy is something new in the region; thus it creates concerns among Persian Gulf littoral states, but this "is not a political issue," he noted.

Any Iran-U.S. nuclear talks must be on equal footing: official

TEHRAN, Feb. 24 (Mehr News Agency) -- Former defense minister Ali Shamkhani said here on Friday that Iran-U.S. direct talks could help resolve the nuclear issue only if the United States entered negotiations within the framework of internationally accepted regulations.

"Iran-U.S. talks can be helpful only if Washington abandons covetous demands and enters into negotiations with Tehran on an equal footing," Shamkhani, who is currently the director of the Strategic Defense Research Center, told the Mehr News Agency.

In a report issued on Thursday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei concluded that Iran had not suspended its nuclear fuel enrichment as the UN Security Council had demanded.

"The enemy's only demand is not the suspension of enrichment. Suspension is only a part of their demands," Shamkhani said.

At this juncture, Iran's grand strategy is the nuclear issue and all political, economic, and social policies and also foreign relations should be arranged in such a manner to strengthen the grand strategy, he opined.

Iranian officials in charge of the nuclear dossier should all be on the same page, he added.

He criticized the administration's current nuclear strategy, saying that Tehran could have taken more correct steps.

"We adopted the easy policy of domestic incitement, and it weakened our grand strategy."

The Security Council passed a resolution on December 23 imposing limited sanctions on Iran and demanding it freeze enrichment.

It is Iran's long-term policy to gain access to nuclear energy, and it should take approaches to protect this right, Shamkhani said.

U.S. needs another resolution to achieve its goals: analyst

TEHRAN, Feb. 24 (Mehr News Agency) -- International affairs analyst Ali Khorram said here on Saturday that the United Stated needs another anti-Iran resolution to reach its goals.

The U.S. needs another resolution "that would stress Iran's violation of resolution 1737 and hence pave the way for any actions against Iran, as a defiant country," Khorram told the Mehr News Agency.

The UN Security Council passed Resolution 1737 on December 23 imposing sanctions on Iran's trade in nuclear material and technology. The resolution demanded the Islamic Republic to stop uranium enrichment within a 60-day period or faces the prospect of additional sanctions.

In a report issued on Thursday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei concluded that Iran had not suspended its nuclear fuel enrichment as the UN Security Council had demanded.

As a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran has legal right to enrichment for civilian purposes.

"The most significant point in ElBaradei's recent report is affirming that Iran has not observed Resolution 1737," the Analyst said.

Other parts of ElBaradei's report, like the previous ones, insist that Iran "has not deviated from the peaceful nuclear activity, but on the other hand (it says) the inspections are not enough," he added.

The permanent five members of the UN Security Council and Germany will meet in London on Monday to begin drafting a second sanctions resolution on Iran, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said on Thursday.

"Considering Russia's probable resistance against the U.S. demand, the new resolution will take two months to be issued," Khorram opined.

In Ottawa Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed hope that Russia would support a second Security Council resolution for sanctions against Iran to force an end to its nuclear program.

The United States, France and Britain have called for tougher Security Council sanctions on Tehran, while Germany, China and Russia have taken softer stances, according to AFP.

"Iran's defiance of the UN resolution has put into question the European Union's diplomatic effectiveness as a mediator trying to resolve the nuclear row," he commented, adding, "Hence, now, for punishing Iran the EU has become harsher than the U.S."

Khorram, who previously represented Iran at the United Nations Disarmament Commission, stated that at the current juncture the EU considers negotiation with Iran useless and is waiting "flexibility" by Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment activities.

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