Iran regrets G8 call for halting uranium enrichment


Tehran : Iran has expressed regret over a declaration by G8 nations urging Tehran to suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities.

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A foreign ministry press release, quoting spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini, said that the G8 summit "has ignored Iran's inalienable right to enjoy nuclear technology and use it in a peaceful way", IRNA reported Sunday.

Hosseini, according to the statement, underlined Iran's principled policy in defending its indisputable rights.

"Iran has had a close cooperation with all regional and international organisations including International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and has permitted its inspectors to visit facilities.

"In spite of repeated statements of IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei about lack of any diversion in Iran's peaceful nuclear programme, unfortunately, the G8 summit in its declaration has accused Iran of being inattentive towards the international community's demands," Hosseini said.

The spokesman, however, said that Iran would welcome diplomatic approaches, especially negotiation mechanism, to answer questions and possible ambiguities concerning its peaceful nuclear programme.

The G8 summit at Heiligendamm in Germany had said it would "support adopting further measures, should Iran refuse to comply with its obligations" under UN Security Council resolutions 1696, 1737 and 1747.

Hosseini in the press release noted that imposing sanctions against Iran by certain powers and trying to isolate it would never affect the will of government and nation to demand its indisputable rights.