TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Iran is ready to consider opening the European Union (EU) embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran if the EU submits a formal request, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said here on Saturday.
"Given the importance and capacities of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region, some members of the EU have expressed willingness to open a (diplomatic) mission in Tehran," the spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told Tasnim News Agency.
"In case Tehran receives a formal request (from the EU) in this regard, it is prepared to study the issue within the framework of the current relations," she was quoted as saying.
Western media reported that the EU member states have shown willingness to open an embassy in Iran.
Tarja Cronberg, a Finnish politician and a member of the European parliament, said earlier that member states' ambassadors in Tehran have backed the idea when she met them in the Iranian capital on an official visit earlier this month.
Iran sees Italy as "gateway" to interact with Europe
TEHRAN, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Italy can maintain its role as a gateway for Iran to interact with Europe, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.
Rouhani made the remarks at a meeting with visiting Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino on Sunday, calling for the highest level of bilateral relations between Tehran and Rome in all fields. Full story
IAEA not allowed access to Iran's military sites: atomic chief
TEHRAN, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors will not be granted access to Iran's military and missile sites, Iran's atomic chief was quoted as saying by Press TV on Saturday.
"The agency's inspectors have no right and (no) responsibility to do it. There is no authority in the world for inspecting such facilities, and there is no treaty in that regard either," Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali-Akbar Salehi said Saturday. Full story