Brussels: Iran told world powers it is ready
to resume stalled nuclear talks at the "earliest" opportunity
as long as they respect its right to peaceful atomic energy.
Iran`s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, made the
offer in a letter to European Union chief diplomat Catherine
Ashton, who represents the United States, France, Britain,
Germany, China and Russia in the talks.
"We voice our readiness for dialogue on a spectrum of
various issues which can provide ground for constructive and
forward looking cooperation," Jalili wrote in the letter dated
He said Iran welcomed a statement in a letter sent by
Ashton on "respecting Islamic Republic of Iran`s right to the
peaceful use of nuclear energy consistent with the NPT
(nuclear non-proliferation treaty)."
"No doubt that by committing to this approach, our talks
for cooperation based on step by step principles and
reciprocity on Iran`s nuclear issue could be commenced,"
"Constructive and positive attitude towards Islamic
Republic of Iran`s new initiatives in this round of talks
could open positive perspective for our negotiation," he said,
without spelling out the initiatives.
"Therefore, within this context, I propose to resume our
talks in order to take fundamental steps for sustainable
cooperation in the earliest possibility in a mutually agreed
venue and time."
Ashton had written in her letter to Jalili in October
that a solution was possible only if the talks focused on
addressing Western concerns over the nature of Iran`s nuclear
The United States and other Western powers suspect that
Iran is seeking to build a nuclear bomb, but Tehran denies the
charge, insisting it is merely trying to meet its energy
The last round of talks collapsed in Turkey in January
Iran`s tardy reply to Ashton appeared to be linked to the
timing of nuclear announcements on Wednesday, which
collectively suggested the country had made strides in its
atomic activities despite severe Western and UN sanctions.