No link between presidential polls and nuclear talks

TEHRAN, May 4 (MNA) – Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi Qashqavi dismissed on Monday speculations that Tehran has postponed nuclear talks with the 5+1 group (the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) until the June presidential elections.

“The election issue, as an internal matter, has nothing to do with macro issues,” he explained. “Macro issues are not affected by elections.”

The spokesman said any faction who takes power in Iran will pursue foreign policy based on “national interests” as defined in the Constitution.

 

“Anybody who is elected president will continue foreign policy within this framework.”

 

All political factions in Iran are adamant on nuclear rights. Top reformist presidential contender Mir-Hossein Mousavi has insisted that the right to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes is as important as the nationalization of oil in Iran.

 

The 5+1 group asked EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on April 8 to resume nuclear talks. Since that date Solana and Saeed Jalili, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council secretary and top nuclear negotiator, have discussed Tehran’s nuclear issue on phone.

 

The International Atomic Energy Agency is monitoring all the processes of nuclear activities in Iran by installing cameras and making regular inspections.

 

PA/PA

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