Jalili: Iran Ready to Cooperate

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili reiterated Friday that Iran will always maintain its principled stance regarding the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and continues to support cooperation over the country’s nuclear programme. 

“Iran is a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and this means it has the right to enrich uranium,” Jalili said. It was
“unacceptable to give up its right to enrichment, while it is fulfilling its other obligations,” he added.

Speaking at a news conference in London following five hours of discussions with EU High Representative Javier Solana, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator termed the talks as “extensive” and and said they covered “frameworks” to help resolve differences.

He said that the US-led demand for Iran to suspend its enrichment programme was not discussed at the talks, but warned that Tehran would not curb its nuclear plans under pressure from the UN Security Council.

“They have adopted three resolutions and haven’t achieved anything, and Iran has in the meantime enjoyed significant technological success,” Jalili told reporters. “If they want to continue on the same path, they will not succeed.”
Iran’s security chief stated just a few “certain countries” were carrying out their “own interests and own agenda” and who made “no difference” if Iran cooperated. They were “looking for pretexts not the real truth,” he said.

“Iran should not be singled out” by the same countries, who were prepared to help Iran develop nuclear power before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “Every effort was being made to rob or weaken Iran’s rights,” he said.

Jalili also slated the way some countries hostile to the Islamic Republic tried to dismiss the latest positive report from the IAEA, who he said only “further isolate themselves.”
The report confirmed that the IAEA had so far successfully cleared the cases of plutonium, contamination in Karaj, metal uranium documentation, and P1 and P2 centrifuges. “There is no evidence pointing to any divergence” as some had claimed, he said.

Those who were squandering the opportunity for cooperation would have to answer for the distrust being created, “it was not a conducive atmosphere to go forward,” the National Security Council secretary warned.


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