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Iran Welcomes G5+1 Return to Nuclear Talks

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) welcomed the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) willingness for the resumption of talks over Tehran's nuclear program.

"In a reply letter by the Head of the Office of Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council on Friday, October 29, 2010, the willingness of 5+1 to return to the talks with Iran has been welcomed," SNSC said in a statement issued on Friday.

Saeed Jalili

"In this letter, resumption of talks on the basis of Dr. Jalili's letter to Lady Ashton dated July 6, 2010, from the 10th of November 2010 on, in a place and on a date convenient to both sides has been reiterated," the statement added.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton proposed three-day talks with Iran in mid-November in the Austrian capital of Vienna, expressing hope that Tehran would "respond positively" to the offer.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili had informed Ashton of Iran's readiness for the resumption of talks with the world powers, but meantime stressed that the western states should first provide proper and clear responses to Iran's questions before any new round of talks between the two sides.

Iran's prerequisites for talks mentioned in the form of three questions in Jalili's letter to Ashton were first declared by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad earlier this year.

During an address to a large congregation of the Iranian people in the Northwestern city of Ardebil last weekend, Ahmadinejad repeated his demand and said that the very set of questions are still in place and should be answered before any resumption of talks between Iran and the West.

"Of course, we have set conditions for the talks and they (the six major powers) should announce their stance about the regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), their goals of negotiation and the atomic bombs of the Zionist regime (of Israel)," Ahmadinejad said.

"They also should declare their compliance with (the rules of) logic and law during the negotiations," the Iranian president added.

"If they keep mum about our questions, in our view this would mean that they do not abide by the IAEA regulations, recognize and accept possession of atomic bombs by the Zionist regime, do not comply with the law in negotiations and are not after friendship with the Iranian nation."

The president stressed that the Iranian nation would never yield to the pressures imposed by the West.

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