Weekly Briefing with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Mohammad-Ali Hosseini (Excerpts)

June 23, 2008

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  • Nuclear

Iran upholds package diplomacy saying that there is common ground between the Iranian and the European Union packages. `Iran is ready for talks with Group 5+1 on the package of incentives presented to Iran by EU foreign policy and security chief Javier Solana, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Monday.

`The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to negotiate on the common views stated in Iran`s package of proposals and the package of incentives provided by the Group 5+1,` he told reporters during his weekly press conference.

`Tehran will consider the proposals suggested by the Group 5+1 and expects the other side to study the Islamic Republic`s package of proposals,` Hosseini noted.
He further quoted Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili as saying on Sunday that `Mr Solana greeted the package and said the EU states agreed with the general views of the package. ` Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said that Iran and EU have made proposals on resumption of talks which are under study. As to the recent visit to Tehran of the EU foreign policy chief, Javier Solana and the package of incentives from the Group 5+1 to Iran, he said several proposals suggested by the EU are in need of more consideration. Tehran will consider the proposals and will announce its views at an appropriate time, he added. On Iran`s package of proposals, Hosseini said Mr Solana reiterated that there were common views in the two packages.

Israel is by no means in a position to threaten Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Monday. He made the remarks at his weekly press conference while commenting on Israeli boast of air show in the Mediterranean and scenario of air strike on Iran. `It is a hollow slogan and they do so whenever they want to transfer their internal crisis out of the regime structure,` Hosseini said recalling the humiliating defeat of Tel Aviv in its 33-day war in Lebanon. Commenting on Israeli air force exercise, the spokesman said the move was a way through which Israel wanted to get rid of its several domestic crises and distract public opinion. `Tel Aviv regime needs such moves to repair humiliated spirit of Israeli officials after being defeated by forces of the Lebanese resistance movement in summer 2006 (July-August),` Hosseini stressed.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said that Iran is waiting for an official response to its proposed package. He said, `Mr Solana has agreed with the general views of the package, but we are waiting for an official response from them. `We have mentioned several axes in our package and believe that the best ground for resumption of negotiations is emphasis on common points shared by the two packages. This was confirmed by both sides,` Hosseini reiterated. Asked whether pressures would make Tehran leave the NPT, he said, `Tehran is making every effort to observe Non-Proliferation Treaty and continues with close cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency. We will fulfill our commitments in this respect. ` Both Iran and Europe enjoy various potentials for establishment of global security and stability, he said, stressing that negotiations prepares good opportunity for such cooperation. He urged the two sides not to miss such a valuable opportunity.

There is no logic behind suspension of enrichment to produce fuel for power plants, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Monday. Talking to reporters, he said, `Suspension of enrichment has no logic and therefore, Tehran`s stand on the issue has not changed. ` He made the remarks while talking to domestic and foreign reporters during his weekly press conference. Hosseini further turned down any request depriving the Iranian nation of its legal rights. As to the possibility of issuing another anti-Iran resolution by the UN Security Council, he said, `Any resolution against the country will not result in abandoning our rights. ` Tehran believes that the UN Security Council`s move to issue anti-Iran resolutions is totally wrong, he said, adding `The Islamic Republic stresses diplomatic procedures and will follow up its objectives through legal channels.
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