TEHRAN – Iran said on Tuesday that world powers’ offers should be of “equal weight” to the steps that they expect Iran to take to allay their concerns over its nuclear program.
“The solution is very clear. If the other side intends to show goodwill, it must recognize our nation’s rights, stop showing hostility, and enter the talks on an equal footing… If the 5+1 countries and U.S. officials fully recognize our nuclear rights, this will show their goodwill. We will also take the actions agreed upon by both sides to remove their possible concerns and ambiguities to show our goodwill,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his regular press briefing in reference to a new round of talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany), which is scheduled to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on February 26.
Mehmanparast added that the measures taken by both sides should be of “equal importance and weight.”
“The next meeting between representatives of Iran and the 5+1 can be an opportunity for officials of the United States of America and those countries that take obstructionist measures,” he said, adding, “Iran is using nuclear know-how for peaceful purposes and for the country’s progress and development, and this is our inalienable right.”
Iran’ ties with Latin American countries not against any other state
Asked about the fact that Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said on Sunday that Canada was increasingly concerned with the growing cozy relations between Iran and Venezuela, Mehmanparast said, “Iran’s relationship with other countries, including Latin American countries, is not against the interests of any other country.”
“It would be better if Canadian officials care about having good relations with other countries and refrain from interfering in issues concerning other countries,” he added.
Iran advises Arab Parliament to address Israel’s acts of sedition
The Iranian official was also asked to reply to a question about the remarks that Arab Parliament Speaker Ahmed Al Jarwan made on Monday in which he called on Iran to respond to the calls of the United Arab Emirates to resolve the dispute over the three Persian Gulf islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs.
The UAE has repeatedly questioned Iran’s sovereignty over the three islands, and Iran has made it clear that the islands are “inseparable” parts of the country’s territory and its sovereignty over them is not negotiable.
Mehmanparast said, “It would be better if the Arab Parliament takes the issues of the Muslim world into consideration and the parliament’s representatives address the main threat of the Muslim world, namely the Zionist regime and its acts of sedition and do not follow the path desired by this regime.”
Letter of 17 Iranian scholars to Morsi was not official
During the press conference, Mehmanparast also commented on a letter signed by 17 Iranian scholars and academics which was recently sent to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and called on the Egyptian government to adopt Islam as a model to handle affairs.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the letter did not reflect the official stance of the Iranian government.
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