Iran slams dual policy over N-case
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has lashed out at Western double-standard policy over Iran's nuclear issue, urging a reassessment of the case, Press TV reported.
"It is necessary that the (nuclear) case would be reviewed in a real way. We should move toward a comprehensive solution based on law and justice," Mottaki said in a meeting with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle in New York on Sunday.
The Iranian official slammed the dual policy of imposing sanctions and issuing resolutions while inviting Iran to negotiations adding that constructive talks and interaction with the Islamic Republic are the only options available for P5+1 -- Russia, China, Britain, France, the US and Germany.
Although the UN Security Council (UNSC) imposed sanctions Resolution 1929, Iran is still ready to implement the fuel swap declaration issued jointly by Iran, Turkey and Brazil, Mottaki went on to say.
Iran, Brazil and Turkey issued a joint fuel swap declaration on May 17, based on which Tehran agreed to exchange 1,200 kg of its low-enriched uranium on Turkish soil with fuel for its Tehran research reactor.
Mottaki further pointed out that Iran has started enriching uranium to the level of 20 percent to supply fuel needed for the Tehran research reactor, adding the Islamic Republic has expressed its readiness to hold talks with P5+1.
The German minister, for his part, said there is an appropriate political and international atmosphere for resuming talks over Iran's nuclear program.
The top German diplomat reiterated that all members of the P5+1 insist on Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy and added the nuclear dispute can be resolved only through constructive talks.
Following the US-engineered UNSC sanctions in June, the US and European Union imposed unilateral sanctions against the country's energy and financial sectors.
Tehran has vehemently rejected the West's accusations that it is developing nuclear weapons, insisting that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it has the right to pursue and utilize the many civilian applications of nuclear technology.
The Islamic Republic announced its readiness to resume talks on its nuclear program in September, but reiterated that any negotiation must be conducted within the framework of the May 17 Tehran declaration.