Elham: Iran Keen on Negotiations

A0151838.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Government Spokesman stressed that Tehran is inclined to attend negotiations with the west to find a diplomatic solution to its nuclear issue.

Speaking to reporters during his weekly press briefing here in Tehran on Monday, Gholam Hossein Elham responded to a question about Iran’s latest stance following the UN Security Council resolution 1696 on its nuclear issue, and said, “We have not changed our stance, we are still interested in negotiations.”

“But attention must be paid to the very fact that confidence and fair conditions and equal positions constitute the basis for every negotiation,” he said when asked to comment on the recent remarks made by the country’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on Sunday.

He said if western politicians favor global peace, tranquility and equality, they should not turn away from well established criteria and rational principles, adding that Iran may not trespass borders of international law while it is decisive to achieve its rights.

“West should accept to move within the boundaries of law,” Elham underlined.

Elsewhere, referring to the ongoing crisis in the Middle-East, he voiced Iran’s strong opposition to the deployment of NATO forces in Lebanon, and stressed that such a move would pose threat to the entire region.

Asked about Iran’s likely reaction to Israel’s invasion of Syria, he pointed to Iranian President’s earlier remarks and said that Ahmadinejad has already declared Tehran’s stance under such circumstances.

He also said that the OIC statement of the meeting in Saudi Arabia, in that part which deals with the undertakings of the member states of the organization, has also touched on the issue.

“As it has been mentioned in the OIC statement in Saudi Arabia and was also stressed in the recent OIC summit in Malaysia, Islamic countries enjoy security and political integrity,” the Iranian Government Spokesman asserted.

“Invasion of any Muslim state is synonymous with the invasion of all,” the official underscored, adding that if borders of Lebanon, Syria or any other country are trespassed, then the aggressor must expect a serious and extensive reaction by all Muslim countries.

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