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10/02/09

Iran expresses positive view of Geneva talks with 5+1 group

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Iran's chief negotiator expressed a positive view of the talks with the 5+1 countries in Geneva on Thursday and expressed hope that talks would continue in the near future.

"Iran's efforts centered on the point that negotiations take place on common consensuses....and achieve favorable results in the future," Saeed Jalili told reporters after talks with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and diplomats from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

Jalili, Iran's Supreme National Security Council chief, also pointed to Iran's peaceful nuclear program, saying Iran will use all its efforts to use nuclear technology for civilian purposes.

"Iran has observed all rules and regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency and in regard to commitment to these regulations it constructed the Natanz enrichment facility."

He said the installations in Natanz are under IAEA surveillance and "legal activities are continuing" under the eyes of "cameras installed by the agency".

Iran's top security official also criticized the UN Security Council for being indifferent toward repeated threats of military attacks on Iranian nuclear sites by the Zionist regime of Israel.

He added in order to protect its nuclear facilities from possible attacks Iran has embarked on upgrading its defense capabilities and also started constructing another nuclear plant "in another place" with a greater security protection.

He added the uranium enrichment facility near Qom which is under construction has been legal and Iran has notified the IAEA about the building of the facility one year before the allowed time.

According to the IAEA rules, countries are obliged to inform the UN nuclear watchdog about the construction of new nuclear sites six months before the startup.

Solana upbeat over Iran Geneva talks

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana gave an upbeat assessment of the world powers' talks with Iran in Geneva on Thursday, Earth Times said in a report posted on its website.

Solana also said Iran reiterated its willingness to open its new nuclear site to IAEA inspections.

There was also partial progress in the efforts by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - and Germany in discussing with Iran the possibility of enriching its uranium outside of the country.

On October 18, a meeting is scheduled in Vienna to discuss the six countries' proposal for making fuel for a research reactor in Tehran.

The next round of talks would take place before the end of October, said Solana who formally represented the six countries at the talks.

IAEA chief ElBaradei to visit Iran

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei will visit Iran to hold talks with Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).

The visit will take place "within the framework of close cooperation between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Islamic republic of Iran," the AEOI said in a statement on Thursday.

The AEOI did not say when the visit will take place.

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