TEHRAN, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- An Iranian lawmaker said Saturday that the Islamic republic favors resolving its nuclear standoff through negotiations, Press TV reported.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran still insists on resolving the ( nuclear) issue through diplomatic ways and is ready for negotiations," the lawmaker, Ebrahim Nekou, was quoted as saying.
Iran remains committed to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, said Nekou, adding that the success of future talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) depends on meeting the country's "legitimate demands" to use nuclear energy for "peaceful" objectives.
Instead of recognizing Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful aims, the United States and other Western countries are pursuing the approaches of pressure and sanctions, he said, adding that such policies have led to the fruitlessness of the talks between Iran and the P5+1.
The West must think of ways to resolve Iran's nuclear issue through talks, Nekou said.
If the United States and its allies take steps towards a peaceful solution to the issue and respect the Islamic republic's "rightful" demands, the Iran-P5+1 talks would achieve results on a win-win basis, he said.
The lawmaker made the remarks days after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) approved a resolution expressing " serious concern" over Iran's disputed nuclear program.
The IAEA resolution, approved on Thursday, urged Iran to comply fully with all of its obligations under the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council "without delay," including the application of the modified Code 3.1 and the implementation and prompt entry into force of the Additional Protocol.