Iran Ready to Resume Nuclear Talks

November 25, 2005

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Iran on Thursday said is ready to resume nuclear negotiations with the foreign parties.

The deputy head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) for International Affairs and a senior member of the Iranian negotiation team, Javad Vaeedi, and Iran's Ambassador and Resident Representative in Vienna, Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, made the remark while addressing a joint press conference at the end of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors session on Iran's nuclear case.

The UN nuclear watchdog wound up day-long crash debates on Iran's nuclear program here on Thursday and postponed summing up discussions on the case and drawing a conclusion on the Board consultations to the Friday session.

"Iran has always kept doors of negotiations open but it was the European side which suspended negotiations," the Iranian representatives said.

Vaeedi pointed to a proposal by the SNSC Secretary Ali Larijani to the three European states (Germany, France, and Britain) to continue bilateral nuclear talks and said resumption of the talks would depend on the EU3' response.

"Iran expressed its readiness to continue negotiations while stressing that it will continue peaceful use of nuclear technology and energy," he said.

Asked about Russia's proposal on Iran's nuclear case, Akhoundzadeh said, "The Islamic Republic will verify the proposal."

"Nuclear negotiations may be resumed if the European states show positive reaction to Iran's proposal to continue the talks."

"No specific framework has yet been drawn for these talks and this should be discussed with the three European states."