Dr. Asefi: No New Proposal on Iran's Nuclear Issue

November 13, 2005

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday denied existence of any proposal on Iran's nuclear activities.

Certain local media reported that Russia had made a proposal to Iran that it proceed with the first phase of uranium enrichment which includes turning raw uranium into gas inside its territory but that the most sensitive part of the nuclear fuel cycle would be conducted in Russia in a joint Iranian-Russian center.

"As far as I know, no proposal has been discussed. It is natural some (Western media) are after their own goals. But the Islamic Republic has transparent stance which has been outlined by Iranian officials," Asefi told domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference.

He assessed as "very good and constructive" the talks held between Iranian and Russian officials on Saturday and between Iran and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) troika on Friday and Saturday.

"The talks were very useful but no plan was proposed," he said.

Malaysia's Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar, Cuba's Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and the South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani on Iran nuclear issue and the issue of disarmament by nuclear powers.

The NAM delegation also met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Asefi added during the meeting with NAM troika, two rounds of talks were held at ministerial level and six at experts level.

"At the end of the meeting with the NAM troika, an important statement was issued which included issues and points such as recognition of Iran's right to have peaceful nuclear technology," the spokesman noted.

He pointed to the leading role of the NAM member states and said, "We expect the Non-Aligned Movement to find its position at international circles and play its role during the next meeting of the board of governors (of the International Atomic Energy Agency) in its best way." Shifting to the recent unrest in France, the spokesman expressed hope such events would be ended in the near future and the French government would adopt appropriate mechanisms to put an end to the turmoil.

"Inviting the French ambassador to Tehran to the Foreign Ministry, we voiced our concern over such unrests." Asefi condemned the recent bombings in Amman and said, "The bombings were suspicious. Reports indicate the Zionist regime has been behind the event." Three suicide bombings ripped through luxury hotels in Jordan's capital on Friday which killed 57 people.