Iran to attend G5+1 talks without enrichment suspension: MP

April 22, 2009 11:03 am 

TEHRAN, April 22 — Iran would attend in the next meeting of the Group 5+1 without suspending its nuclear enrichment, an Iranian lawmaker said on Tuesday.

"Iran would attend the upcoming meeting of the G5+1 to discuss major international issues, not the issues related to its peaceful nuclear program," local IRNA news agency quoted Iran's Head of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Parliament (Majlis) Alaeddin Boroujerdi as saying.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said Monday that the country is preparing response to the recent statement of UN Security Council permanent members — France, Britain, Russia, China and the United States, plus Germany (Group 5+1) — following their recent meeting on April 8 on Iran's nuclear program.

The spokesman said "Tehran's response is clear…. The Islamic Republic is interested in holding talks without any precondition based on justice, mutual respect and mutual interest."

The United States and other Western countries claim that Iran intends to secretly develop nuclear weapons. The UN Security Council also requires Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment activity.

Iran, however, insists that its nuclear plan is only for peaceful purposes, vowing to continue its uranium enrichment activity despite pressure and sanctions from Western countries. (PNA/Xinhua)

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