FM: Iran's resistance has led to weakening of West's position on nuclear standoff

Iran Materials 8 June 2006 14:09 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Wednesday evening that unity of the Iranian people and resistance of the Islamic Republic to attempts by the West to make it change its course has led to the weakening of their stand on the nuclear issue.

Mottaki's remarks were made during an interview with Iranian TV Channel 2 in which he spoke of the recent visit of European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana to present a package of incentives drafted by the UN Security Council's permanent five members (P-5) for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, reports Trend.

Solana, representing the Europeans, stressed Iran's legitimate right to pursue nuclear energy within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and that the West's new offer was an indication it wanted to start a new diplomacy based on its rights under the treaty.

The Iranian nation will get to know the contents of Europe's package of proposals at an appropriate time, the Iranian foreign minister said.

As to the reasons behind the US decision to join multilateral talks on Iran's nuclear case, Mottaki said that President George W Bush was facing several problems both inside and outside his country and was in dire need of a changed atmosphere.

Terming certain statements of Washington as "impolite," he said the Americans should change their literature regarding Iran.

Mottaki, in the interview, once again repeated calls of the Islamic Republic of Iran for resumption of talks to resolve the nuclear issue within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and without preconditions.