Talks next week between Iran and major powers about its nuclear programme could be the "last chance" for the West, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Official news agency IRNA quoted Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, as saying that once Iran is able to make its own fuel for a medical research reactor, which it has said will happen this year, it may not return to negotiations if the talks in Turkey fail.
"It might be the last chance because by installing fuel rods produced by Iran into the core of the Tehran Research Reactor, probably parliament will not allow the government to negotiate or send its uranium outside the country and the Istanbul meeting might be the last chance for the West to return to talks," IRNA quoted Soltanieh as telling French media.
"The passing of time is not to the advantage of the other negotiating party and (they) should swiftly make the best of this opportunity," Soltanieh was quoted as saying.
"We consider the possession of peaceful nuclear technology, especially uranium enrichment for peaceful purposes and under the supervision of the IAEA as our absolute right ... By no means will we give up on our undeniable peaceful nuclear technology."
The comment comes a week before the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council --Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States-- plus Germany will meet Iranian officials in Istanbul on January 21 and 22.
AgenciesLast Mod: 12 Ocak 2011, 11:35