Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis
|Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki speaks during a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger (not pictured) in Vienna April 25, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Gang)
VIENNA, April 25 (Xinhua)— Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here on Sunday that Iran is willing to consider enriching uranium in other countries as suggested by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
At a joint press conference held after meeting his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger, the visiting Iranian official said his country is willing to negotiate on the issue, but details should be worked out later. He said he will discuss the issue with members of the UN Security Council.
Mottaki reiterated that Iran has the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and there was no reason for sanctions against Iran on the issue. Furthermore, the sanctions imposed on Iran over the past five years have been ineffectual, he added.
But Spindelegger said Iran should cooperate with the global community on the issue actively, otherwise "the trend of sanctions against Iran" will continue.
He also said that he "did obtain some new messages" during the meeting with Mottaki, but he still needs to evaluate them. The massages will be disclosed at a meeting of EU foreign ministers next Monday.
Mottaki also met IAEA chief Yukiya Amano during his visit to Vienna.
The United States, other Western countries and Israel criticized Iran's nuclear plan, which they said is intended to develop nukes. But Iran said its nuclear plan is for peaceful purposes only and defended its right to use nuclear energy.
The IAEA made a proposal last autumn, suggesting that Iran take its low-enrichment uranium of 3.5 percent to other countries, where it can be processed into high-enrichment uranium of 20 percent before being sent back to Iran. The processed high-enrichment uranium will be then used as fuel for nuclear reactors and for medical purpose.
Iran calls for regional collective security treaty
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"The continued presence of foreign military forces in the region has caused insecurity and instability in our region," Kazem Jalali, rapporteur of Iran's Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, was quoted as saying. Full story
IAEA chief meets with Iran's FM on nuclear issues
VIENNA, April 25 (Xinhua) -- IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on Sunday met with visiting Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to discuss a stalled nuclear fuel proposal.
"The meeting was held in a business-like atmosphere," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement. But the statement did not provide more details. Full story
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TEHRAN, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli-Larijani said on Sunday that nuclear threats against Iran demonstrates that the West's support for human rights is a "lie", the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
"The Iranian nation has been standing against all threats for 30 years and the fact that Iran is being threatened with nuclear strike shows that the West's support for human rights is a lie," Amoli-Larijani was quoted as saying. Full story
UN to impose new sanctions against Iran soon: U.S. vice president
WASHINGTON, April 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United Nations will announce new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program soon.
"Everyone from the Israeli prime minister straight through to the British prime minister to the president of Russia, everyone agrees the next step we should take is the UN sanction route," Biden said. Full story