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Iran ready to register nuclear weapon ban as "int'l document": spokesman

English.news.cn   2013-01-15 21:57:11            

TEHRAN, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that a religious decree (fatwa) regarding a ban on nuclear weapons is binding for the Islamic republic, which is ready to register it as an "international document."

In February 2012, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the country considers seeking and acquiring nuclear arms as a "sin."

Talking to reporters in his weekly briefing, Mehmanparast said Iran has repeated his opposition to the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and is "ready for this fatwa being registered as an international document."

Registration of fatwa as an international document will help disarm Western countries, which are trying to impose their viewpoints on Iran, he said, urging an end to the spat between the West and Iran about the latter's nuclear program.

The spokesman's remarks came a day ahead of the new round of talks between Iran and a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Tehran.

Iran and the IAEA held a meeting in December 2012 over the remaining issues of Iran's nuclear activities. Both sides announced progress in their talks toward an agreement that the IAEA believes would allow it to resume inquiry into the nuclear facilities in Iran.

The IAEA said that it looked forward to finalizing the framework in the new round of discussions in Tehran on Wednesday and starting implementing it soon.

On Tuesday, the Iranian spokesman expressed hope that "all the nuclear rights" of his country be recognized and the new round of talks with IAEA bear fruits "soon."

Iran is also ready to take steps to remove the technical concerns over its nuclear activities, he said.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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