Iran to set new conditions for nuclear talks

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Tehran would set new conditions for nuclear talks.

Updated: Jun 16, 2010, 16:10 PM IST

Hamburg: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that Tehran would announce its new conditions for talks with world powers over the nuclear dispute.

"Iran is in favour of negotiations but on the basis of respect and not threats," Ahmadinejad said in a broadcast from the south-western city of Chahar-Mahal Bakhtiari.

"We will not make any concessions over our (nuclear) rights and will not be intimidated by new resolutions and sanctions," he said.

The UN Security Council voted overwhelmingly last week in favour of a fourth sanctions resolution against Iran. Only Turkey and Brazil voted against it, while Lebanon abstained.

"You (world powers) have made your move, now we make ours and will soon announce the new conditions for talks," the president said.

"The resolution was made by world powers to put Iran in a weaker position in future talks and to get more concessions from us, but this will never happen and they will take this wish to their graves," Ahmadinejad said.

The president again accused the United States of coercing the UN Security Council member states to vote in favour of the measure, "but as far as Iran is concerned, such resolutions are not worth a dime".

The Iranian parliament Wednesday approved a draft bill obliging the government to limit its cooperation with UN nuclear inspectors within the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

NPT regulations are narrower than the International Atomic Energy Agency`s Additional Protocol, and do not allow unannounced inspections.

The legislative manoeuvre was seen as a formality, because Iran has blocked the implementation of the Additional Protocol since 2005.

The parliament also ordered the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation to continue uranium enrichment to 20 percent, to provide fuel for the Tehran medical reactor.

Iran began the 20-percent enrichment in February, and was to halt it if a deal could be arranged by the UN nuclear agency to provide fuel for the reactor via another nation.

Talks on swapping Iran`s uranium for enriched fuel have stalled, despite mediation by Brazil and Turkey.

IANS