No Talks on Suspension Made in Geneva: Spokesman

July 27, 2008

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said on Sunday that there was no word of suspending uranium enrichment in the recent nuclear talks in Geneva on July 19.

He made the remarks at his weekly press conference commenting on a recent propaganda fuss made after the July 19 meeting between Iran's top nuclear negotiator and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili and the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

The US Undersecretary of State William Burns, the third-highest US diplomat, was also present in the meeting in a major shift of policy on the part of the US.

Some Western media have claimed after the meeting that Iran was asked in Geneva to suspend its uranium enrichment activities.

"We can talk about common points and should not pay attention to baseless media propaganda," Qashqavi stressed.

Commenting on a recent report about installing more than 5,000 centrifuges and asked if that could be a sort of "confrontation with the West", Qashqavi said, "The number of centrifuges is not the case.

This is what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said in his speech. It is not a question of confronting or non-confronting the West."
"In less than two weeks, Iran has responded to the letters of foreign ministers of six Western countries and participated in Geneva talks. If a country was to make any confrontation, it would not act like that," said the spokesman.

He stressed that Iran's moves indicated its serious political will to resolve the dispute with the Western governments.