Iran News ...


Iran-U.S. negotiations would serve national interests: IRMO official

TEHRAN, March 4 (Mehr News Agency) - Talks between Iran and the United States to resolve problems and decrease tension would serve the national interests, Islamic Revolution Mujahidin Organization (IRMO)spokesman Mohsen Armin said here on Sunday.

However, Armin told the Mehr News Agency that there is a little possibility that Iran and the U.S. hold direct talks.

"None of the sides seem seriously decisive for talks."

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has invited neighboring countries, including Syria and Iran, along with the United States and other world powers, to a security conference on March 10.

Armin suggested that the Iranian officials can condition participation in the Iraq conference on the release of the Iranian diplomats seized by the U.S. troops in Iraq.

U.S. troops stormed the Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on January 11 and arrested five diplomats.

MNA also sought the views of four other experts concerning the possibility of Tehran-Washington negotiations in Baghdad and Iran's nuclear issue.

Islamic Coalition Party Deputy Secretary General Hamid-Reza Taraqi said the Baghdad conference can be a stepping stone for negotiations between Iran and the U.S. over Tehran's nuclear row.

Mojtaba Shakeri of the Islamic Revolution Devotees Society said, "I do not think that there will be talks between Iran and the U.S. during the Baghdad conference."

Shakeri said the Islamic Republic has left behind nuclear crisis and the current pressures on Iran are mainly aimed at "weakening the Iranian self-esteem".

Etemad newspaper editor Elyas Hazrati stated that if Washington officially proposes to hold talks with Tehran "we should agree so that the present problems, which belong to us and the U.S., will be resolved."

The U.S. has entered Iran's sphere of influence and has been trapped in quagmire due to its strategic mistakes in the Middle East, he said, adding, "It is facing severe problems and needs to cooperate with Iran to extricate itself."

Talks with U.S. should not be tied to enrichment suspension: official

TEHRAN, March 4 (Mehr News Agency) -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here on Sunday that it is not logical to tie the idea of negotiations between Iran and the United States with suspension of uranium enrichment by Tehran.

"We have repeatedly announced our position about enrichment suspension, and on the issue of negotiations with the Americans we have also said that if an offer is made officially, we will study it, but connecting these two issues does not seem to be very logical," Hosseini told reporters at his weekly press briefing.

"Recently, through various channels, the U.S. has made proposals for talks with Iran about Iraq and security in that country," he said.

The upcoming Baghdad conference, which is being held to search for ways to quell the violence in Iraq, will include the United States and Iraq's neighbors, including Iran and Syria.

Asked whether Iran would hold talks with the U.S. on the sidelines of the Baghdad conference, Hosseini said, "Such a meeting is not on the agenda."

"Our priority is to help the Iraqi government reinforce stability and security in the country," he added.

"We are in the process of examining our participation in the Baghdad conference. If it is in our interests, we will participate."

Nuclear issue

Asked if it would be possible for Iran and the United States to hold nuclear talks in Baghdad, Hosseini said, "It is not an issue of location that we should insist on talks in Baghdad.

"What we have said is that we are prepared to negotiate with all of the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) without any preconditions."

He rejected the view that talks on Iran's nuclear issue are at an impasse.

"We do not believe that the nuclear negotiations have reached a dead end," he said.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that certain countries' interest in resuming talks with Iran has increased, adding that it could help efforts to resolve the issue if others joined the talks.

... Payvand News - 3/5/07 ... --

comments powered by Disqus

Home | ArchiveContact | About |  Web Sites | Bookstore | Persian Calendar | twitter | facebook | RSS Feed

© Copyright 2007 NetNative (All Rights Reserved)