Iran-IAEA nuclear talks end without any results

May 16th, 2008 - 12:18 am ICT by admin  

Tehran, May 15 (DPA) Iran and a delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) finished their three-day talks here without reaching any new results, Iran’s envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog told ISNA news agency Thursday. The talks were held between Iran’s IAEA envoy Ali-Asqar Soltanieh and IAEA regional chief Herman Nackaerts at Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

“Nothing new was raised and decided in this round of talks,” Soltanieh told the news agency after the talks were over.

An IAEA delegation headed by chief inspector Olli Heinonen visited Tehran twice last month and discussed allegations that Iran was pursuing secret weapons studies. This week’s visit is expected to have focused on the same issue.

Soltanieh doubted that the IAEA officials would want to hold more sessions in Tehran but declared Iran’s readiness for further talks.

Iran has in the meantime delivered what it called “Iran’s proposed package for constructive negotiations”, which - besides Iran’s vision on how to settle global problems such as effective fight against terrorism - also includes the nuclear dispute.

The package was Tuesday sent by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and a copy of it to the foreign ministers of the five permanent member states of the UN Security Council. Another copy was sent to European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

While guaranteeing the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear projects and readiness to hold talks with the five veto powers plus Germany, Mottaki once again rejected in the package the main Western demand of a suspension of uranium enrichment.

Mottaki further criticized the UN for allegedly ignoring reports by the IAEA on Iran’s nuclear programmes and instead referring the dossier to the Security Council, which eventually led to three resolutions and financial sanctions against Tehran.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday in a press conference in Tehran that the details of the package would be disclosed in Iran by the end of next month.

Ahmadinejad further rejected any incentives by the West for ending the nuclear dispute and said Iran would follow its legal nuclear rights without either being encouraged by incentives nor intimidated by Western pressure and threats.

Ahmadinejad was referring to an upgraded incentive offer by the the Security Council members and Germany, aimed at persuading Iran to suspend uranium enrichment activities.

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