Iran wants to boost ties with EU
Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr. 1/ Trend /D.Khatinoglu/
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that Iran is keen to boost relations with the European Union.
In his interview to Fars News Agency, Mehmanparast added that Iran's policy intends to expand relations with EU, but they should respect Iranians rights.
With regard to the European Union members' embargo on Iranian oil on Jan.23, Mehmanparast said there is not united position among Union members, some of them think that good relations with Iran can meet their national interests.
Mentioning a lack of diplomatic relation between Iran and the United Kingdom, Mehmanparast said Britain hurried up to suspend relations with Iran, but we never wanted that.
Iranian protesters stormed two British diplomatic compounds in Tehran in November 2011. This action led to recall of all British diplomats from Iran by British Foreign Secretary.
With regard to the European Union's pressure on Iran to halt its disputed nuclear program, Mehmanparast said Iran will continue its nuclear activities within its obligations and IAEA's rules. "We insist on our rights," he emphasized.
The UN Security Council imposed four rounds of sanctions against Iran between 2006 and 2010, calling Iran to halt uranium enrichment.
Some Western countries and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are worried that Iran's nuclear program has hidden military aspects. Iran rejects their claims, saying its nuclear program is aimed at power production and other peaceful purposes.