TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Iran is ready for serious talks with world powers to reach a comprehensive agreement over its nuclear program, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said here on Monday.
"As we have been serious in concluding the previous agreement ( in Geneva last November), we are also serious in reaching a comprehensive agreement in the upcoming talks" with the P5+1 group, namely the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, Rouhani said while addressing foreign ambassadors on the eve of the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
Rouhani's remarks came about a week ahead of the new round of nuclear talks between the two sides starts on Feb. 18 in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
He said all countries in the world should enjoy peaceful nuclear technology and slammed monopolizing nuclear technology as "unfair and illegal."
He stressed Iran wants atomic technology for peaceful use and has started efforts to alleviate international concerns in its recent negotiations.
The Islamic republic has opened its doors to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), within the framework of international regulations, to prove the "peaceful" nature of its nuclear program, the Iranian president said.
Iran on Sunday agreed to take seven "practical steps" in its cooperation with the IAEA.
Based on the agreement, Iran will allow IAEA access to a uranium mine and yellow cake complex in the central province of Yazd. It consented to provide more information about its Arak heavy-water reactor and implement the agreed procedure on the reactor. Also, Iran will provide information about its Lashkarabad Laser Center, unused material for fuel and enrichment as well as its need for exploding bridge-wire detonator.