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Sorouri: IAEA, 5+1 Must Take Next Steps for Nuclear Talks

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TEHRAN, Aug 20 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker says Tehran has so far fulfilled all its commitments within the IAEA rules and the NPT but regretted that IAEA and 5+1 had failed to observe Iran’s rights.
Saturday, August 20, 2011 1:32:07 PM
Sorouri: IAEA, 5+1 Must Take Next Steps for Nuclear Talks

Commenting on a Russian plan to resume nuclear talks between Iran and 5+1 group of countries, Parviz Sorouri, member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission told ICANA on Saturday that Iran sticks to its previous positions but at the same time welcomed “reasonable talks with clear outcomes.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday he hoped that talks between global powers and Iran on Iran's nuclear program would resume soon on the basis of a Russian proposal.

There were no immediate details on Moscow's proposal, but Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi praised the document for its "step-by-step" approach to the dispute.

Recalling the “not so positive” record of IAEA and West in the previous rounds of nuclear talks, the lawmaker said: “It would be very good if the ground is prepared for a win-win round of talks.” In that case, Sorouri said, Iran would be prepared to take steps in line with its commitments towards IAEA for the cause of verification as it has been the case before.

He also said Iran was waiting to see some effective steps taken by IAEA and 5+1 realizing that their past behavior would only add to the problems and cause further distrust between the two sides.

In July, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for a "phased" approach to resolve Iran's nuclear issue whereby Iran would address questions raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about its nuclear activities in a staged schedule and in return economic sanctions imposed on Iran would be removed in a staged manner over time.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi officially received the "step-by-step” plan put forward by Russia to help settle Iran's nuclear issue. The delivery came during Salehi's trip to Moscow on Friday.

Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev arrived in Tehran Monday in a bid to discuss the Russian proposal as well as regional and international matters, but he did not deliver the offer officially to Iranian authorities.

Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hailed the plan and said "the offer could be considered under the framework of dialogue-cooperation."

"Iran agrees with the entity of the plan and a new step-by-step move, but bilateral steps should be taken as well," Salehi said.

The US and other 5+1countries have refused to show any reaction regarding the suggestion.

The UN Security Council has imposed four sets of sanctions against Iran so far over its refusal to halt peaceful nuclear program.

The embargo mainly targets Iran's banking and energy sectors as well as insurance and shipping industry.

Iran insists its enrichment work only seeks peaceful purposes, whereas the West claims that Iran is after nuclear weapon.

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