Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Representatives of over 60 countries have accepted Iran's invitation to the international conference on nuclear disarmament, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said during his weekly press briefing on Tuesday.
Iran has also extended invitations to a number of international organizations, he added.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said the theme of the conference is in line with Iran's foreign policy.
"We believe that all countries should make efforts to prevent the use of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction," he stated.
The Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for No One conference is scheduled to be held in Tehran from April 17 to 18.
Mehmanparast described nuclear power as a clean source of energy which the world should invest in.
The world is currently in need of clean sources of energy, and given the finite nature of fossil fuels, the world needs to move toward alternative clean sources of energy, he said.
Talks with 5+1 group will only focus on Iran's package of proposals
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said any talks with the 5+1 group (five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) would only focus on Iran's package of proposals and not on the country's nuclear activities.
"We regard Iran's nuclear issue as resolved, and dealing with it outside the framework of the IAEA is not right. If Iran decides to hold talks with the 5+1 group, they would be on Iran's package of proposals not on our nuclear activities," Mehmanparast noted.
Iran has expressed willingness to return to the negotiating table with the 5+1 group and any gesture of willingness from the other side would be welcomed by Tehran, he added.
Nuclear fuel swap proposal still on the table
On the proposal for a nuclear fuel swap, Mehmanparast said Iran is still ready to make a deal if its conditions are met.
Iran presented the fuel swap proposal to obtain fuel for the Tehran research reactor, and the offer is still on the table, he stated.
"Even though Iran is currently enriching uranium to 20 percent, it is still ready to exchange fuel if the conditions are met," he said.
Iran may choose new partner for future nuclear projects
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the start-up of the Bushehr nuclear power plant has been postponed several times but that might have been due to technical problems.
"We still do not know for sure whether Russia has been deliberately dragging its feet on the project. There have been a number of procrastinations and some of them have been technical," he added.
View of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in Southern Iran
Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes
Mehmanparast stated that Iran intends to build more nuclear plants, adding that the Islamic Republic might consider choosing a new country with a good history of punctuality as its partner in the projects.
Moscow agreed to construct the Bushehr nuclear power plant in 1995 and the project was supposed to be completed in July 1999, but the start-up of the reactor has been postponed several times.
The Development and Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Today eight countries are possessing nuclear weapons. The five nuclear weapons states United States, Russia (former Soviet Union), United Kingdom, France and China, are the only countries allowed to have nuclear weapons according to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1970. All members of the United Nations except Israel, India and Pakistan have signed the NPT. (source: nobleprize.org)
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