Iran’s parliament to debate EU concession: Larijani

June 15th, 2008 - 5:07 pm ICT by IANS  


Tehran, June 15 (IANS) Iran’s parliament will shortly debate the package of concessions presented by European Union foreign relations chief Javier Solana seeking to resolve the nuclear issue, speaker Ali Larijani Sunday said. Larijani said Tehran’s stand that nuclear activities are its “sovereign right” remains unchanged in any negotiations with the West, IRNA reported.

Solana Saturday handed over an updated package of concessions from the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany (P5+1) to Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki to dissuade Tehran from its uranium enrichment activities but apparently failed to achieve a breakthrough.

The package, included civilian nuclear cooperation as well as wider trade in aircraft, energy, high technology and agriculture.

Mottaki told Solana Tehran’s response to the concessions would depend upon how the West reacts to a package of proposals it had offered.

Iran last month offered a package of proposals, which called for an improved inspection system by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), while reaffirming its “non-negotiable” right to uranium enrichment.

Government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said Iran would reject any deal offered by major world powers that demands a suspension of its uranium enrichment.

“Iran’s stance is clear. The precondition of a halt and suspension of nuclear activities cannot be brought up,” Elham said.

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