TEHRAN, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Iranian deputy nuclear negotiator Ali Baqeri said Wednesday that Iran insists on its "nuclear rights, " semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
The Islamic republic persists the total vindication of its rights to enjoy all the capacities for peaceful nuclear technology, Baqeri was quoted as saying.
During the meeting between Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Istanbul last week, Iran offered some proposals, reiterated its insistence on the nuclear rights and demanded Ashton's response, Baqeri said.
"Due to Iran's clear logic in its proposals, it is now the turn of the P5+1 -- the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany -- to respond to these proposals," said the Iranian official.
On Sept. 18, Ashton met with Iranian officials in Istanbul in a bid to end the standoff over the Iranian nuclear program. Jalili said the two sides were satisfied with what they had agreed during the talks.
Iran insists that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes, and warned that it will retaliate if it comes under an attack.
Iranian nuclear talks in June ended without a breakthrough. The P5+1 are expected to discuss with Tehran on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly in New York.
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday set a tougher tone against Iran by saying that time is "not unlimited" to settle the dispute and Washington will do "what it must" to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb, although he said he still prefers diplomacy.
"America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so," Obama told the annual general debate of the UN General Assembly. Full story
TEHRAN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iran says on Sunday that the World War III may erupt if the Islamic republic is attacked by Israel.
Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) , warned on Sunday that an Israeli strike on Iran could trigger the World War III, Press TV reported. Full story