Ahmadinejad: Optimistic EU will adopt 'correct approach'

Iranian President Ahmadinejad on Sunday voiced optimism that the European Union would adopt a "correct approach" towards Iran's nuclear dossier in Monday's board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Ahmadinejad: Optimistic EU will adopt 'correct approach'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday voiced optimism that the European Union would adopt a "correct approach" towards Iran's nuclear dossier in Monday's board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"As far as we are concerned, the Iranian nuclear dossier is closed and the IAEA has once again confirmed that there is no deviation in Iran's nuclear programmes," state news agency IRNA quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

"We therefore believe that the Europeans will (on Monday in Vienna) adopt a correct approach as there are only two countries which have not yet understood the realities and try to use the IAEA as a political tool," he said, referring mainly to the United States.

"But the enemies should know that although the Iranian nation is in favour of dialogue and logic but will never ever retreat (from its right to pursue nuclear technology)," he added.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini had said earlier Sunday that Tehran expected Monday's board meeting of the IAEA to adopt a "more realistic approach" towards Iran's nuclear issue.

"Following the agreement with the IAEA, we expect that the decision by the board would be more realistic and that technical issues not be turned into political ones," the spokesman told reporters in Tehran.

The spokesman reiterated that Iran would neither suspend its uranium enrichment programmes as demanded by the United Nations Security Council nor should the agreement with the IAEA be regarded as resumption of the IAEA Additional Protocol which allows snap IAEA inspections.

"We hope that the IAEA board's decision will take distance from hostile and illogical positions taken by certain countries," Hosseini said, referring to the United States and France.

Iran and the IAEA agreed last month on a plan of action which is supposed to remove all technical ambiguities surrounding Iran's nuclear projects and serve as the basis for a political settlement between Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

Larijani has called on the five UN veto powers plus Germany to utilise the Iran-IAEA agreement in the search for a suitable settlement of the dispute.

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Last Mod: 09 Eylül 2007, 18:57
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