TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran's chief negotiator for upcoming nuclear talks Abbas Araqchi said Sunday that Iran will neither ship out its enriched uranium nor stop uranium enrichment activities, state IRIB TV reported.
Uranium enrichment is Iranians' "redline" in the negotiations and "we will not slacken an iota over Iranians' rights pursuant to the international regulations," Araqchi was quoted as saying.
"Of course, we will negotiate over the level and the volume of enrichment," he said, adding that "shipping the (enriched) materials out of the country is our redline" as well.
The P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany -- and Iran met twice in Almaty, Kazakhstan in February and April. Their talks ended without tangible results.
In the previous talks, the group asked Iran to suspend its high- grade uranium enrichment and close the underground bunker of Fordow where Iran enriches uranium to 20 percent.
In return, they offered to relieve some of the sanctions on Iran's petrochemical industry and its trade in precious metals. However, Iran did not accept the proposal, urging them to completely lift the sanctions.
The P5+1 and Iran will resume talks on the controversial nuclear program in Geneva on Oct. 15-16.
Araqchi, who is also the deputy foreign minister for legal and interactional affairs, said Sunday "we will attend the talks very seriously and will act to achieve an obvious objective to be accepted by the parties."
He said the Iranian foreign minister will attend the opening session to explain the country's proposal ... "and I will lead the talks thereafter."
On Saturday, semi-official ISNA news agency reported that Iran will put forward a three-stage proposal in the upcoming nuclear talks.
The package, if agreed upon at the first stage, will automatically commit the other party to "the recognition of the uranium enrichment right on Iran's soil" as the objective of the negotiations, said ISNA without referring to its source.
TEHRAN, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani said that the forthcoming negotiations between Iran and six major world powers on the country's nuclear program should aim to build trust in order to yield results, Press TV reported on Saturday.
"The negotiations will lead to positive results if they are aimed at building confidence based on international regulations," Larijani was quoted as saying in Tehran on Friday upon his arrival from a tour to three European countries. Full story
TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Iran will attend the upcoming nuclear talks in Geneva with new proposals, Press TV reported on Friday without further details.
Sources close to the Iranian nuclear negotiating team said Iran 's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif will be present in the negotiations only if other parties are represented by their foreign ministers, according to the report. Full story
TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Majlis (parliament) has denied part of the Majlis speaker's interview by Associated Press (AP) about a deal on the country's "surplus enriched uranium."
The statement by the Public Relations of the Majlis said that " Parts of Dr. Ali Larijani's interview with AP in which it is stressed that Iran possess enriched uranium more than its needs and it intends to use it (surplus enriched uranium ) as the bargaining tool in the upcoming Geneva talks is unreal as basically false." Full story
TEHRAN, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian lawmaker said Wednesday that the right to uranium enrichment inside the country is Iran's red line in the upcoming nuclear negotiations with world powers, Press TV reported.
"The Iranian nation's right to use peaceful nuclear energy and enrichment ... inside the country are regarded as our red line," spokesman for the Majlis (Iranian Parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini, was quoted as saying by Press TV. Full story