TEHRAN, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Iran has followed "legal procedure" in developing its "peaceful" nuclear program and it does not consider to stop its activities, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here on Sunday stressing "transparency" in the country's nuclear activities.
Iran's nuclear activities are "within the directives of the Non- Proliferation Treaty or NPT and international regulations," Rouhani said, adding that "Iran's path in the course of achieving nuclear technology has been right and it will never be stopped."
"Iran has not followed illegal actions and has not tried gaining nuclear arms," and Iran's enemies have always "lied" about its nuclear program, he said ahead of a fresh round of nuclear talks between Iran and major world powers scheduled for May 13 in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Threats and sanctions against Iran will not hinder the country' s "peaceful" nuclear program, he said, adding that "The only thing that we can do to clarify about Iran's nuclear program is transparency."
Iran and the world powers will start drafting a comprehensive deal in their forthcoming nuclear talks, the senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said here on Sunday.
New round of nuclear talks will start as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meet in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Tuesday, Araqchi was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.
The high-level talks between Iran and the P5+1 group, which includes United Nations Security Council permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany, will continue on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, he said.
Fresh round of negotiations is aimed at drafting a comprehensive nuclear deal, he added.
Iran's uranium enrichment capacity and Arak heavy water reactor comprise a major part of the negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers. Iran has proposed redesign of the core of the reactor and reduction of plutonium output to one fifth of the plant's capacity.
Experts of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are due to hold a meeting in Vienna on Monday, AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told semi-official Fars news agency.
A team of inspectors from the IAEA visited Tehran last week to hold talks with Iranian officials and to visit to some of Iran's nuclear facilities.
During the trip, Iranian atomic officials had some negotiations with the IAEA inspectors on the implementation of the safeguards in Arak heavy water reactor in Central Iran, and some agreements were also made in this regard, Kamalvandi was quoted as saying by Fras.
Iran provided the IAEA inspectors with necessary access to some of the country's nuclear installations, including Saghand uranium mine and a Yellowcake production plant in the central province of Yazd, he said.
After the interim nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group in November last year, the UN nuclear watchdog was tasked with monitoring Iran's end of the deal, which curbs its nuclear program in exchange for some sanction relief. The Iranian officials, however, reiterated Iran's right to uranium enrichment, and research and development projects as far as Iran's nuclear program is concerned.
The Iranian nation has never been after acquiring weapons of mass destruction and the country's supreme leader has voiced it publicly, Rouhani said Sunday.
Therefore, world powers have to recognize Iran's "peaceful nuclear rights" and respect Iran's nuclear achievements, Rouhani said, emphasizing that "Iran will not accept any nuclear discrimination or apartheid."
TEHRAN, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Iran said Thursday that its expert- level nuclear talks with world powers concluded on Wednesday were "fruitful," Press TV reported.
Delegates from Iran and the so-called P5+1 group, which includes United Nations Security Council permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany, had " fruitful discussions" during their two-day talks in New York, Hamid Baeidinejad, who heads Iran's negotiating team, said. Full story