Iran, EU Likely to Reach Agreement on N. Issue

Since the western side has given up its preconditions and demands negotiations under a peaceful atmosphere, Larijani and Solana may reach an agreement in their Wednesday talks, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said here on Monday.Speaking to reporters in the northwestern city of Tabriz, Hosseini viewed the new approach adopted by the West towards Iran’s nuclear issue as positive to some extent, and called on westerners to avoid bullying and try a realistic approach to keep ways to principal and logical agreements open.

He reminded that during their first round of talks Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana had 11 items on their agenda, reminding that the said talks were left unfinished as a result of the United States’ negative pressures.

Hosseini reiterated that suspension of uranium enrichment should be omitted from the literature of nuclear negotiations, and expressed the hope that the western parties would keep the way open for the attainment of a logical agreement through adoption of a realistic and bullying-free approach.

Hosseini made similar statements during his weekly press conference here in Tehran on Sunday, and called on the other side to forget preconditions and suspension of nuclear enrichment, underlining that his country would not retreat to the past.

Elsewhere in a meeting with a provincial official, the foreign ministry spokesman stressed that Iran insists on its nuclear rights and resists all foreign threats and pressures to continue its peaceful nuclear activities because Tehran’s nuclear rights have been endorsed by the impartial world circles and authorities, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohammad ElBaradei.

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