Iran will study any offer guaranteeing its nuclear rights: Hosseini

November 7, 2007

TEHRAN -- Iran will consider all proposals that will guarantee its nuclear rights, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here on Monday.

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s offer, which was made two years ago, on the establishment of a nuclear consortium still exists, Hosseini told reporters in reference to a similar offer by Saudi foreign minister to set up a consortium to provide enriched uranium for Iran, Persian Gulf Cooperation Council members, and other Middle East countries.
Region can not tolerate more crises
Hosseini shrugged off the foreign media propaganda about a possible U.S. attack against Iran, adding, “The region is not ready to tolerate a new crisis and the United States is not able to carry out such a thing.”
However, the Islamic Republic is prepared for any possibility, he added.
Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq
“If the Iraqi side insists, and the United States issues an official request through a diplomatic channel, then we will consider” holding a fourth round of talks with the U.S. over the security situation in Iraq.
Iraq believes the talks have been positive so far, he added.
The U.S. and Iran have held three rounds of talks at the ambassadorial level in Baghdad since May.
Iran’s plan for Iraq security
Iran presented a 14-article plan for securing Iraq at the Istanbul conference which ran from November 1 to 3.
According to the plan, the occupying forces should be expelled from the war-torn country with the aid of all neighboring states, Hosseini said.
All the militias that have not cooperated with any organized terrorist groups should be integrated into the security forces, he added.
Iran also suggests that discussions over disputed issues such as oil sharing, demarcation of provinces, and the future status of the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk should be suspended for two years, he stated.
Embassies of neighboring countries should also be reopened, he said among the main suggestions proposed by Iran.
Iran’s stance on PKK
Iran has always insisted on finding peaceful solutions to Turkey’s standoff with the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, Hosseini said.
According to the recent reports the rebel forces are being trained under the supervision of the United States, and their leaders are holding talks with U.S. officials, he pointed out.
The United States, as the occupier of Iraq, is responsible for establishing security and stability in the country, he stated