Iran ready for equal talks with Six without preliminary conditions
( Itar-Tass ) - Iran is ready for equal talks with the Six (five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) without preliminary conditions, said spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Mohammad Ali Hosseini, speaking at a news conference on Sunday.
In the spokesman's opinion, "efforts by some states, aimed at imposing sanctions on Iran outside the UN Security Council, ended in a flop".
Commenting on a recent statement by US President George Bush that Washington will sit at the negotiating table with Iran if it stops its nuclear programme, Hosseini noted that "there is nothing new in these words, and the Islamic Republic has proclaimed its position on this issue". "Imposition of a moratorium on uranium enrichment is an old question. There is need for new initiatives and projects for talks which would ensure Iran's rights," he emphasised.
The foreign ministers of the Six, meeting in New York on September 28, adopted a joint statement, demanding from Iran full transparency and cooperation with the IAEA to clarify the remaining concerns. The Six confirmed its readiness to grant Tehran a package of economic and political preferences and to suspend earlier sanctions if it obeys the demand of the previous UN Security Council resolutions and stops uranium enrichment.
If Iran makes this step, the Six is ready to start talks with it on introduction a long-term moratorium on uranium enrichment.