Iran to discuss nuclear issue with Russian officials in Moscow

Iran is to discuss the dispute over its nuclear programme with Russian officials in Moscow, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said Sunday.

Iran to discuss nuclear issue with Russian officials in Moscow
The spokesman said that chief nuclear negotiator Saeid Jalili would leave for Moscow on Monday to discuss the issue with the relevant Russian officials.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is also reportedly scheduled to visit Moscow.

Also on the agenda could be the dispatch of Russian nuclear fuel - already inspected and sealed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - to the joint nuclear plant of Bushehr in southern Iran.

Jalili and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana met on Friday in London but the talks ended without any results with Solana calling them "disappointing."

Like Jalili, Hosseini also tried to play down Solana's remarks and said that the relevant sides were still to discuss the issue.

Referring to press reports that the world powers would soon approve a new UN Security Council resolution against Iran, Hosseini said IAEA reports should be the sole basis for objective and non- politicized evaluations of the case.

"Important in this case would be the continued cooperation course between Iran and the IAEA and talks of a new UN resolution or sanctions would have no legal justification," the spokesman told reporters in his weekly press briefing in Tehran.

"Fact is that any expectations beyond the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty would not be acceptable for Iran," Hosseini said, reiterating Iran's renewed rejection of the main international demand, suspension of the uranium enrichment process.

The spokesman further said that within the work plan between Iran and the IAEA all ambiguities over Iran's nuclear programme have been removed and only three issues remain which are to be discussed and settled with IAEA inspectors on December 11.

Iran says that based upon what Tehran considers a positive report by the IAEA last month, the nuclear issue should be returned from the UN Security Council in New York back to the UN nuclear watchdog in Vienna.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Aralık 2007, 11:43