Iran: Russia`s nuclear proposal is `good strategy`

Iran vowed to never give up its right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel.

Tehran: Iran`s top nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday that a Russian proposal "can be a basis to start negotiations" on its disputed nuclear programme that have been stalled since January.

Russia`s "step-by-step" approach calls for the international community towards making limited concessions to Iran for each step it takes to meet the demands comes clean about its nuclear intentions.

"The proposal by our Russian friends can be a basis to start negotiations for regional and international cooperation, specifically in the field of peaceful nuclear activities," negotiator Saeed Jalili said.

"Dialogue for cooperation can be a good strategy," he added. Jalili made these comments after holding two rounds of talks with Russia`s Security Council chief, Nikolai Patrushev in Tehran today.

Patrushev also met President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who welcomed the Russian proposal, according to Iran`s official IRNA news agency.

The two sides have not gone into details about the proposal. The US has worked with the Russians on the plan. "What we are looking for from Iran has not changed," US State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, said yesterday.

"And we welcome any Russian effort to persuade Iran that it`s time to change course and meet its international obligations." Analysts say the proposal has the potential to bring a breakthrough in the stalled talks between Iran and six world powers.

The last talks in January in Istanbul, Turkey, failed without even an agreement on a new date for negotiations. The six powers the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia have been pushing Tehran towards meeting the UN Security Council demands to stop uranium enrichment.

Iran vowed it won’t ever give up its right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel. Patrushev said he and Jalili "spoke about Iran`s nuclear problem and the need for cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the six world powers."

Tehran denied accusation that says it is trying to develop nuclear weapons, insisting its nuclear programme is aimed at generating electricity and producing isotopes to treat medical patients.

Bureau Report

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