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Iran - FM: Uranium exchange file still on table
IRI Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says he believes uranium exchange file is still on the table.
Mottaki as saying so in an interview with the reporter of the Austrian daily The
Standard when he was in Vienna.
The text of the interview is as follows:
You spoke at the press conference about
your meeting with the foreign minister of Austria. What were the topics of
We exchanged constructive and
positive viewpoints. Each of us comprehended the status of the other side.
The Austrian foreign minister told me that this country’s priorities
are negotiation and diplomatic means. We have prepared topics
for the entire involved parties
in this issue that can lead to trust building and the Iranian nation, too,
would get assured upon gaining those parties’ replies. That is
the nature of the international political affairs nowadays and
that is not a one way street.
Does what you just said mean that
the Iranian side, too, has a plan for nuclear
exchange and for the uranium deal?
This is not a decision made overnight. It
is the result of months of efforts and consultations with various
Are the marginal countries, such as Turkey, still playing
roles in this respect?
Exactly. Presently the important thing
for us though is summing up the results of months of negotiations
and declaring them. New rounds of talks can now begin
aimed at easier implementation of the agency’s proposals.
Do you believe the uranium
exchange proposal is still on the table?
This is not what I say alone. We are
now working on completing this plan.
Is your proposal on simultaneous
exchange of uranium and fuel rods still effective?
I think a
comprehensive solution for doing so can be sought.
party guarantee that you will receive the rods for the uranium?
are sometimes after someone to accept to give such a guarantee
after seeking a formula to guarantee every side’s satisfaction.
You had a meeting
with the IAEA chief. Are you going to meet the demands of the agency regarding
your nuclear program and to facilitate the IAEA inspectors’ access to your
There are no limitations for the agency to have access to
Iran’s nuclear sites.
Does the additional protocol increase the signatory
The non-abiding parts for the other IAEA members cannot be
dictated against us. We have come to an agreement with Mr. Amano
that we would move in the framework
of the rules and regulations. We can also talk about the additional protocol.
We have signed that agreement and we had kept abiding by it for a long time.
But when our file was forwarded to the UN Security Council our Parliament reacted
to the move and passed a law abiding by which is obligatory for the government.
one constructive move in uranium exchange can halt the process
of sanctions of the UN Security Council. If that would not happen,
what would be your government’s move?
I hope the Security Council
members will not once again pursue the former US administration’s
policy. We cannot urge them to change their minds, but we can
provide incentives for them to seek other paths.
If the controversy
with the international community would get to more critical phases
would it be possible that Iran would exit the NPT?
concern regarding the spread of the nuclear weapons proves
that we would pursue materializing our right in the framework
the nuclear weapons.
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