Press Briefing by Seyed Mohammed Ali Hosseini on Rejecting the Prospect of Suspending Enrichment

October 8, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini here Sunday absolutely rejected the prospect of suspension of enrichment by Iran.

He made the remark, while speaking to domestic and foreign reporters, in this week's briefing session.

The official dismissed the idea of the short-term or 90-day suspension, which was brought up by the media, and said that based on Iran`s nuclear policy, this is out of question.

"As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has underlined, Iran will not ven accept a day long suspension," noted the Foreign Ministry spokesman.

In response to a question about the possibility of imposing sanctions against Iran in London conference, he said that Iranian officials and people always consider sanction as an obsolete tool and that the nation is used to such sanctions and threats.

The spokesman said that sanctions would leave their impact on both sides, adding that both sides would be subject to loss.

"However, the gravest sanction is one raised by a government to deprive the nation of its natural right to access nuclear energy for peaceful purposes."

"We do not seek a solution that will result in sanctions, but are willing to continue our activities," he added.

Turning to four rounds of talks between Iran`s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana, he assessed them as advancing.

"The good will displayed by Iran during nuclear negotiations shows that we are seeking to solve the issue peacefully," added the spokesman.

Stating that Iran does not welcome sanctions, Hosseini declared the country`s readiness to hold talks on the issue without any preconditions within the framework of international laws.