Source: Mehr News Agency
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic is holding negotiations with Russia to find a solution to the dispute between Tehran and the West over Iran's nuclear program.
"We are in constant contact with Russian officials... and believe that their step-by-step proposal, which was a gesture of good faith," was welcomed by Iranian officials, Salehi told reporters on the sidelines of the cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.
According to the Russian proposal, declared on July 13, Iran could address questions about its nuclear program and be rewarded with a gradual easing of sanctions.
"But our views should also be mentioned in the plan," Salehi said. "We have also made a proposal and held meetings with the Russians over its details, and they accepted it."
He went on to say that in fact, Iran is holing dialogue to find a solution to the issue and get away from new sanctions which probably would be imposed on the country in the wake of false allegations about its nuclear program.
He also said, "The latest developments in the region, including the issue of Syria, are also being discussed in our meetings with the Russians."
We are in talks with the IAEA
In reply to a question about Tehran's relation with the International Atomic Energy Agency after it released a report on Iran's nuclear program, Salehi said what IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano did was an "ill-advised" and "unfair" move which was made under the West's political pressure.
The move will discredit the IAEA, he added.
"However, we will be in contact with the agency and will not allow the situation get worse, since we believe that the agency is an international organization, and we do not want the agency to be discredited," Salehi explained.
Salehi also said that Iran plans to send a letter in response to the recent report of the IAEA to the relevant international institutions.
Iran will not make any hasty decision
The foreign minister said, "The West is seeking to make our country act hastily. For instance, they intend to make us say that we are not bound to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) any longer, but they are totally mistaken because we are experienced enough not to act passively."
He also said that up until now, Iran's peaceful nuclear activities have gone well despite great political pressure exerted against the country.
"Have we retreated from our stance? Has any disruption been created in our peaceful nuclear activities despite the political pressure?"
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