Iran ready to negotiate N-proposals

US to accept Tehrans talks offer

“By giving this package, the Islamic Republic of Iran has shown its determination to enter into negotiation on the main topics in the package,” Mottaki told reporters in Tehran.
“I think that if one takes into account separate statements made by these powers, they acknowledge that our package has major topics for holding constructive negotiations,” he said. “This can be the basis of negotiations... we hope that they (the six world powers) address our package seriously.”

Iran handed over its new proposals for allaying Western concerns over its nuclear programme on Wednesday.

A US non-profit investigative journalism group, Pro Publica, said on Thursday it obtained a copy of the proposals in which Tehran said it was prepared to hold “comprehensive, all-encompassing and constructive negotiations.” The talks would address nuclear disarmament as well as a global framework for the use of “clean nuclear energy,” according to the document published on Pro Publica’s website, but it did not address Iran’s own nuclear programme.

Central issue

The US will accept Iran’s offer of talks but maintained that nuclear issue would be the central part of it, even as Tehran in its proposal has insisted that it would not negotiate over the future of its nuclear programme.

“We will seek an early meeting and we will seek to test Iran’s willingness to engage,” Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P J Crowley told reporters. The meeting could be even before the annual General Assembly meeting of the United Nations in New York later this month.

Meanwhile, the US on Saturday circulated a draft resolution in the UN calling for stepped up efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and freeze nuclear testing and wants it to be adopted by world leaders at a meeting later this month chaired by President Barack Obama.

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