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Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (file photo)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (file photo)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expresses optimism over continuation of talks with six major world powers (the P5+1), reaffirming that Tehran will never give up its legitimate nuclear rights. “Iran demands its absolute, legal and legitimate rights [to use nuclear energy] and asks for nothing more,” Salehi said on Monday. He added that packages of proposals exchanged by Iran and the P5+1 -- comprising the US, Britain, Russia, China, and France plus Germany -- are clear and well understood by both sides. “They [the P5+1] are well aware that Iran will not give up its legitimate right [to enrich uranium],” Salehi said. The Iranian minister stated that Iran and the P5+1 have reached the conclusion that they should end the current stalemate. Iran and the P5+1 have held several rounds of multifaceted talks mainly focused on Tehran’s nuclear energy program. Iran has repeatedly voiced its readiness for negotiations based on mutual respect while maintaining that it will never give up its inalienable right to develop nuclear technology. The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran refutes the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. SF/SS/MA
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