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11/3/07

Iran welcomes partnership in enrichment projects

Tehran, Nov 3, IRNA - Tehran welcomes any contribution to its nuclear enrichment projects in other countries but no condition demanding suspension of enrichment is acceptable, said an Iranian nuclear official on Saturday.

Deputy Secretary of Supreme National Security Council for International Security Affairs Javad Vaeedi told reporters that Iran is continuing to defend its uranium enrichment rights.

Asked about Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal's proposal on formation of an enrichment consortium in an impartial country, Vaeedi said, "As long as we are fulfilling our international duties and assignments, it will be natural for us to call for observation of our rights."

He said, "Our absolute policy is based on continuing our peaceful nuclear activities and as long as such activities are verified, our peaceful enrichment will continue." Such ideas can be raised if they honor Iran's rights, said Vaeedi.

He noted that Iran had already submitted a plan for formation of a joint consortium for enrichment in its own territory.

He stressed that such ideas would not disturb Tehran as long as they are not in contradiction with each other.

Vaeedi said Iran does not expect any punishment as long as it acts on its international duties.

"As long as we abide by our international commitments, we do not expect any punishment," Vaeedi told a press conference when asked to comment on certain countries' attempt to push a third resolution against Iran through the UN Security Council.

He said issuance of resolutions would have adverse effects and the countries calling for sanctions or issuance of a new resolution against Iran are not happy with Iran's cooperation with the IAEA.

He said, "Such measures (issuing another anti-Iran resolution) are aimed at sabotaging Iran-IAEA cooperation." "Punishing a country that acts on its international duties and commitment is something odd and surprising. While Iran is cooperating with the IAEA, adoption of such measures in the UN Security Council would be unwise."

When questioned whether Iran-IAEA talks on P1 and P2 centrifuges were successful, Vaeedi said any success in this regard should be announced by the IAEA and we cannot make any judgment on the issue ahead of the IAEA report.

He added that the Iran-IAEA cooperation has been successful either in the stage of drafting agreement or its timely implementation and "We have acted with good-will and full transparency.

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