Tehran, Jan 28, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Monday advised his US counterpart, Condoleezza Rice, to hold talks with Iran in the context of the Group 5+1.
Talking to reporters in Tehran, he said, "We have set forth our transparent and logical stand and insist on our rights regarding nuclear energy." Urging the US authorities to be realistic, he said Washington has accepted that nuclear energy is Iran's legitimate right, but they say that Tehran should suspend its nuclear program.
Mottaki turned down an invitation from Rice in Davos, Switzerland, for conditioning it to a halt to fuel cycle program.
"Nuclear energy is Iran's indisputable right and we will not negotiate on it," Mottaki noted.
Commenting on hue and cry made by the US on the fabricated story of a naval stand-off in the strategic Strait of Hormuz between Iranian speedboats and a US warship, he said the scenario was created on the threshold of President George W. Bush's tour to the region.
By making the hue and cry, the US tried to show that the regional situation is critical, he said adding that President Bush has failed in his mission to the Middle East.
Mottaki then condemned recent crimes committed by the Zionists in the Gaza Strip and said that the US should be held responsible for the unmanly crimes of Israel.
Mottaki attended the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos from January 22-26.
On the sidelines of the gathering, Mottaki held separate meetings with heads of state and foreign ministers of a number of participating states including David Miliband of Britain and Bernard Kouchner of France.
The Iranian minister said he discussed latest developments in Iran's peaceful nuclear activities as well as major regional and international developments in the meetings.
Speaking at a press conference, he added that he criticized performance of the Group 5+1 in Berlin, Germany, in his talks with Miliband and Kouchner.
Mottaki said latest developments in Iraq and Afghanistan was another major topic discussed by him and his British counterpart.
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