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World powers should focus on scrapping nuclear weapons and abiding by their own non-proliferation commitments rather than speculating about Iran's peaceful atomic work, the Iranian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
The broadside by the ministry's spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast appeared to be a response to a U.S. call the previous day for Iran to take "urgent practical steps" to build confidence ahead of nuclear talks with six major powers in Baghdad on May 23.
"Some countries say they are concerned that Iran's activities might be diverted towards non-peaceful purposes in the future," he said. "When they are talking about future speculation, how can they not be concerned about scrapping nuclear weapons at the present time?"
Indirectly rebuking some of the nations involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - Mehmanparast spoke of their own "contravention and clear violation" of the rules.
"Some of these countries have nuclear-capable submarines they have delivered to the Zionist regime," he said, alluding to Germany's sale of Dolphin-class submarines to Israel, which some analysts say can carry nuclear warheads.
"All of these countries need to feel committed to the contents of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT)."
Iran has stated that it would abide by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation Nuclear Weapons and benefit from all the rights stemming from NPT.
Mehmanparast stated that they would keep cooperating with IAEA. Next IAEA meeting is going to take place in Vienna, Austria on May 14-15. He also stressed that Vienna debate would have indirect effects on '5+1' meeting. '5+1' countries' meeting is set to be held in Baghdad, Iraq on May 23.
He underlined that it's every country's right to obtain peaceful nuclear energy, which was recorded by NPT and IAEA. Mehmanparast also pointed that it's out of question to even discuss Iran's giving up on using nuclear energy. "We will abide by NPT yet we will benefit from all the rights that we gain under NPT," he said.
Furthermore, Mehmanparast said that they would work for resolving the suspicions over Iran's nuclear energy projects during talks in Vienna.
U.S. officials have previously suggested Iran should build confidence by accepting more intrusive U.N. inspections, curbing its uranium enrichment work and closing a nuclear site near Qom.
Iranian officials have said the Baghdad meeting should lead to the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies against Iran's energy and banking sectors.
Last week, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said Tehran would never suspend enrichment, which can have both civilian and military purposes, and saw no reason to close the Fordow underground site which it has used to expand higher-grade enrichment.
The IAEA and Iran will hold talks in Vienna on May 14-15 after two meetings earlier this year failed to make headway.Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Mayıs 2012, 15:34