Salehi, Amano call the atmosphere of nuclear talks constructive

Iran Materials 22 May 2012 06:34 (UTC +04:00)

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and visiting IAEA Director General, Yokia Amano here Monday evenng called the atmosphere of nuclear talks constructive, IRNA reported.

The two officials had a meeting on Monday.

Salehi welcomed the new IAEA approach toward Iran's nuclear issue based on mutual understanding and bilateral respect, adding that all aspects of the nuclear-NPT, including the disarmament are important along with other issues like non-proliferation.

"A balanced approach toward all IAEA member states and defending all of them in the peaceful exploitation of nuclear energy will strengthen the credentiality of this international institution."

Amano for his part, called his negotiations with the Iranian officials, including Iran's top nuclear negotiator Sa'eid Jalili, as constructive.

"IAEA welcomes Tehran readiness to continue constructive cooperation with the international community and it is optimistic about the prospect of negotiations."

Iranian top nuclear negotiator Sa'eid Jalili left Tehran for Baghdad Monday evening to attend upcoming nuclear talks with the P5+1 representatives.

Jalili, said in a meeting with the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on Monday that the verdict of the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution provides a platform for disarmament and Iranian cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's approach opposing nuclear arms provides an important capacity for the IAEA; Iran will have active cooperation with the IAEA in disarmament, campaign against weapons of mass destruction and peaceful use of nuclear energy," said Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Jalili.

He said the IAEA should be an international institution to which the members should refer to protect their rights.

"Iran has had an active partnership with IAEA in terms of the member states' rights and duties and is ready to help promote the IAEA status. Defending rights of the member states would help upgrade the IAEA status."

He noted that framework of cooperation with the IAEA should serve as a logical base and in defense of the member states' rights.

"To this end, the Islamic Republic of Iran will support efforts for IAEA promotion and independence; Iran considers IAEA's independence and promotion as a factor which would prevent violation of the member states' rights."

Jalili said Hiroshima culprits, who are still continuing producing and stockpiling nuclear weapons, can not claim campaign against nuclear weapons.

Amano, for his part, praised Iran's civilization and culture and the progress Iran has made in science and technology and hoped that Iran's potentials and capacity will be used in the future for materialization of the IAEA objectives.

Iran on May 23 is to meet representatives of the Group 5+1 in Iraq's capital for the second round of talks which were revived in April in Istanbul after a 15-month hiatus.

Iran and the Group 5+1 agreed to resume talks in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 14 and a second round in the Iraqi capital city, Baghdad.

The last meeting between the two sides took place in Istanbul in January 2011. Iran and the G5+1 had also held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed the West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing those sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.