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11/14/07

Iran's FM spokesman dismisses Rice's conditions

TEHRAN, Nov. 13 (Mehr News Agency) -- U.S. officials have always had a negative attitude toward the Iranian nation's advancement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here on Tuesday.

He made the remarks in response to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who had reiterated Washington's call for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment as a condition for diplomatic talks with Tehran.

"...if the Iranians suspend their enrichment and reprocessing, I'm prepared to meet my counterpart anyplace, anytime, anywhere... So the question isn't 'Why will we not talk to Tehran?' The question is, 'Why will Tehran not talk to us?'" AP quoted Rice as saying on Sunday.

Such statements by U.S. officials are not new, Hosseini said.

In fact, up to the present time, U.S. officials have taken hostile actions against the Iranian nation, he said, adding that they have disregarded Iran's legal rights, tried to undermine the country's scientific and technological accomplishments, and attempted to harm Iran's cultural and civilizational achievements, he stated.

Decisions to alter approaches should not come with preconditions, he emphasized.

Hosseini asked, is there a government that "can trade away the inalienable rights of its people without being accountable to the country's history and its national responsibilities?"

Within the framework of the responsibilities put on the shoulders of the government by the Constitution and the people's expectations, the Islamic Republic can not forego its rights, which are totally in line with international law, he said.

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