President Ahmadinejad, Annan hold phone conversation

Iran Materials 5 June 2006 12:32 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - United Nations Security Council Kofi Annan in a telephone conversation on Saturday expressed condolence to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his father\'s death.

Annan and President Ahmadinejad, in the meantime, exchanged views on international situation especially Iranian nuclear program, reports Trend.

President Ahmadinejad said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to hold talks on the nuclear program adding that Iran prefers the negotiations to be held democratically without any precondition or any threat.

Ahmadinejad reiterated that Iran respects Non-Proliferation Treaty and Safeguards Agreement of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and that the UN Nuclear Agency has verified no diversion has taken place from civilian use of nuclear technology by Iran.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the international treaty (NPT) should be implemented fairly and all the NPT member states should enjoy provisions of the international convention equally.

Ahmadinejad said that the United Nations and the Secretary-General are expected to monitor fair implementation of the international conventions adding that it is the only way out of the current crisis on Iranian nuclear program.

"The United Nations and the Secretary General are expected to handle the crisis situation certain states have created for Iran. They fail to observe Iranian rights in the context of NPT, However, Iran believes that diplomacy and dialogue are effective to remove the logjam and supports the role of the UN secretary-general to bring the current crisis to an end"

Annan said that continued negotiations is the only way to help settle the matter and "I understand that Iran is opposing any threats to national security and I drew attention of the US and European parties to the fact that Iran is right to dismiss any threat concerning nuclear program.

He hoped that the crisis would be settled through dialogue and meditation.