Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Iran to announce new nuclear policy soon

Iran will announce its new nuclear policy within weeks, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Deputy Director for International Affairs Mohammad Saeedi said, MNA reported.

Commenting on a recent statement issued by the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) that Iran will reconsider its nuclear policy following the UN Security Council resolution, Saeedi said, “ The policies are being studied and will be announced in a couple of weeks.” READ MORE

The Security Council passed a resolution on July 31 ordering Iran to halt its nuclear work by August 31.

“Our response to the resolution is clear. We will remain in compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and international law,” he said in an interview hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). “The (Iranian) nation will not allow us to forgo our rights.”

“Such measures especially sending the nuclear dossier to the Security Council were not our red lines for which we change our nuclear policy,” he added.

Saeedi emphasized that Iran seeks negotiations on the impasse over its nuclear issue.

Asked whether the talks have been stalled, he said, “No. Negotiation is possible in every circumstance, but the adoption of the resolution has made it difficult to hold talks.”

The 5+1 group has demanded Tehran suspend its uranium enrichment to start talks.

“Every wise person could realize that any fair talks do not need preconditions, and all requests should be put forward during the talks,” he observed.

Saeedi asserted that the Islamic Republic will never suspend enrichment for even a short time.

“There is no reason for suspension. We have excised all ambiguities and have built confidence completely,” he said.

Russia and China agreed on the resolution with the West to give Iran only an ultimatum not to impose sanctions, he added.

He called the ultimatum part of the psychological warfare to pressure Iran.

“This European threat was wrong because experience has proven that the more Iran is pressurized the stronger its national solidarity becomes,” he noted.

He said Iran has not totally rejected the nuclear package, which was presented to Tehran in early June in a bid to end the nuclear row, adding, “We will declare whether we are going to give our response to the package within days.”