Iran ready to talk, but enrichment not negotiable: spokesman

July 5th, 2008 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Tehran, July 5 (IANS) Iran Saturday said it was ready to open talks with the West on a range of issues, but its right to uranium enrichment was non-negotiable, official IRNA news agency reported. Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham told reporters that Tehran was ready to talk with all countries, including member states of the P5+1 on its peaceful nuclear programme within the framework of international rules and regulations.

Iran Friday had handed over to European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana its response to a package of incentives offered by five UN Security Council members and Germany (P5+1) in a bid to dissuade the Islamic country from uranium enrichment. The details of the Iranian response has not been divulged.

Tehran’s stand on its nuclear issue is based on the legitimate rights of the Iranian nation as well as the international regulations, he said.

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