Thursday, October 1, 2009

Iran: We have no undeclared nuclear sites

NEW YORK - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, speaking at a news conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York today, stated that "whatever Iran has at its nuclear sites has been announced to the IAEA, and the only case that is under construction is Qom and we also announced that."

Mottaki had earlier ducked the question, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not answer it either when asked during his own press conference in New York last week.

Mottaki thanked the major powers for showing more flexibility for having negotiations with Iran this year than last. "Fortunately the 5+1 [5 permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany] this year unlike the years before has not reached a hasty judgment about Iran's proposed package, and the response by the members of the 5+1 was relatively different from their response they gave last year." He denied that Iran's right to enrich was a topic of discussion at today's meetings of the major powers with Iran in Geneva.

The Foreign Minister said talks would continue, and expressed Iran's willingness to raise the level of participation "up to the level of a summit meeting."

Mottaki also referred to the disputed June elections in Iran as "dynamic" and "one of the most glorious presidential elections," claiming turnout much higher than European elections. Regarding the subsequent mass protests, Mottaki declared, "they asked the question, what happened to our votes? When we provided very clear answer, they were convinced."

The Iranians also refused to take a question from an Israeli reporter, cutting him off to call on a Dubai reporter instead.

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