President warns U.S. not to poison climate for nuclear talks

TEHRAN, July 23 (MNA) – President Mahmud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday hailed as a positive step the U.S. representative’s participation in the latest round of Iran-EU nuclear talks and advised Washington not to “undermine this positive step by using threatening language.”

Addressing a rally in the southwestern province of Kohgiluyeh-Boyerahmad, Ahmadinejad said the United States’ participation in the nuclear talks was an attempt to show respect and mollify the Iranian nation, and to repair the U.S. image in the world.

 

His comments came a week after Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, held talks in Geneva with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana over ending Iran’s long-running nuclear standoff with the West.

 

U.S. senior diplomat William Burns attended the talks, which was the first high-ranking diplomatic meeting between the two countries in 30 years.

 

Representatives from the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany also attended.

 

Russia, China, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany last month offered Iran an updated package of incentives in return for a halt to Tehran’s uranium enrichment program.

 

The package, which is a follow-up of an original proposal in 2006, offers nuclear cooperation and wider trade in aircraft, energy, high technology, and agriculture.

 

The Islamic Republic has also presented its own package of proposals, which addresses international challenges, including the threat of nuclear proliferation.

 

Iran has repeatedly ruled out suspending uranium enrichment as a precondition for talks with the major powers and has said it will hold talks “only on common points”.

 

Ahmadinejad asserted that “Iran will not relinquish one iota of its nuclear rights” in the face of threats and sanctions by the world powers, which he said are troubled by Iran’s success and glory, not its nuclear efforts.

 

The Iranian people are steadfast and will not step back an inch against the oppressor powers, the president said, adding that all countries are following Iran’s example in defending their national rights.

 

“Those who want to negotiate with Iran have no right to set any conditions for us. If a side is to set conditions, it is Iran.”

 

Addressing the world powers, he said, “The Iranian nation has chosen its path. If you come forward based on law, justice, and logic, the Iranian nation will negotiate on important global issues and will cooperate in resolving the problems of humanity.”

 

“We are prepared to develop cooperation with some major countries in bringing justice to the world and propose ways to eliminate oppression, but if they think they can impose anything on Iran, they should know that it will not happen.”

 

BA/HG

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MNA

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