Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Iran Rejects Any Deadline For Responding P5+1 Offer

"nuclear iran"--Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on Thursday dismissed any deadline set for Iran to respond to European package of incentives, saying such a subject is a mere propaganda and unreal.

"We have trodden a long path; in the past too, we had told the negotiating parties that they will gain nothing if they show tough approaches," said Larijani when asked by the press on the fate of negotiations with Europe on Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Defending Iran's right for peaceful use of nuclear activities, Larijani welcomed diplomacy and a negotiated solution to the case.

"Our nation is for its rights; but defying the issue, they (the Europeans) sent our case to the UN Security Council, which was not a good job. They have however recently turned to solving the problem through negotiations, which is something right and we welcome it." He hoped Iran and Europe will succeed to solve the nuclear case through diplomacy.

"If they are sincere and proceed in the talks rightly, we hope the negotiations would bear good results," he added.

Elsewhere in the interview, Larijani said he will meet the European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Spain next week.

"In the next two weeks there will be talks with Mr Solana on our nuclear case; additionally, I will visit Spain next week, on the sidelines of which I will meet with Mr Solana," said Larijani.

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