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Iranian FM names basic grounds for nuclear negotiations

Tehran, March 2, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Thursday that negotiations over Iran nuclear activities should be based on "two basic grounds."

Speaking at a press conference in Madrid, Spain, before his departure to Tehran Thursday evening, the minister said that Tehran believed in solving its nuclear dispute with the West through a diplomatic solution which could only be found by negotiations.

However, he stressed that such negotiations should be based on two basic grounds.

"First is to provide necessary strategies and safeguards to guarantee Iran's right to achieve peaceful nuclear energy," Mottaki said.

He added "And the second is to remove remaining concerns of some of the negotiating parties over Tehran's deviation from peaceful objectives of its civilian nuclear program."

Stressing that there were "proper mechanisms" to remove those concerns, the minister said that the two sides should try "to make a bridge between these grounds" in order to reach "a comprehensive solution.

Mottaki added that in its talks with Russia, Iran had discussed the "mechanism of strengthening the Non-Proliferation Treaty" as a means which could easily prevent any cases of deviation from peaceful nuclear activities towards developing atomic weapons by any country.

He added that another mechanism to remove the remaining concerns was "the mechanism of safeguards" upon which, said the minister, "the two sides would give guarantees to each other over the ways by which they can both respect Iran's legitimate nuclear rights and remove all remaining concerns."

Mottaki said that the mechanism of safeguards was one of the key subjects of Iran's talks with the EU troika.

As for the "third mechanism," Mottaki referred to the establishment of a consortium to cooperate with Iran in its nuclear activities.

He stressed that no other country that produces nuclear fuel in the world would ever allow other countries to enter its nuclear activities as was done by Iran.

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