Iran Demands Affirmation of Atomic Rights From World PowersIran said today it would seek formal acknowledgment of its atomic rights in future discussions of its nuclear program with the five permanent U.N. Security Council member nations and Germany, Agence France-Presse reported (see GSN, Sept. 27).
"Iran has announced its viewpoints and readiness for talks with the P-5+1. We are seeking to have Iran's nuclear rights recognized in these talks," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said (Agence France-Presse I/Google News, Sept. 28).
The discussions should acknowledge Iran's right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to establish nuclear capabilities for civilian use, Deutsche Presse-Agentur quoted Mehmanparast as saying. Tehran would not trade away any rights or capabilities in the talks, the spokesman added (Deutsche Presse-Agentur/Monsters and Critics, Sept. 28).
Saeed Jalili, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, was working to schedule "a date and venue" to speak with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who would attend on behalf of the six world powers, AFP quoted the official as saying (AFP I).