Iran - a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) -- says it will not relinquish its nuclear rights under Western pressure.
Confirming the report, Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili told reporters
on Tuesday that the Tehran government has updated its proposed nuclear package
in view of last year's global developments, including the economic downturn and
the Georgian crisis.
Jalili, who also heads Iran's Supreme National Security Council, added that the Islamic Republic is ready to cooperate with Western countries to 'remove common concerns [about its nuclear program] in international arena'.
The powers have demanded a halt to Iran's uranium enrichment program, which they believe is aimed at building a nuclear bomb.
Tehran, however, has denied seeking nuclear weapons and has called for the removal of all weapons of mass destruction across the globe.
US President Barack Obama had earlier declared that Western powers would give Iran until September to resume talks on its much-debated nuclear program.
Earlier on Friday, the UN nuclear watchdog issued a new report confirming that Iran is improving its cooperation with the agency and that the agency had been able to continue "to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material" in the country.
While Iran is already under three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions resolutions for its enrichment work, the P5+1 is mulling over tougher sanctions against the country.
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