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Iran ready to offer guarantees on N-programme: Mottaki

The Iranian Foreign Minister says Iran is ready to offer guarantees on its N-programme.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Geneva
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2007 05:59 PM IST

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Tuesday said Iran was prepared to offer "necessary" guarantees on its nuclear programme if the issue is withdrawn from the UN Security Council.

Mottaki said in a speech to the international Conference on Disarmament here that Iran was prepared to make efforts to build confidence if the Security Council's five permanent members plus Germany returned the issue to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Let me seize this opportunity, and in order to show our readiness to resolve the issue, underline that if the five plus one countries refer back Iran's nuclear issues from the Security Council to the IAEA, my country will be prepared to offer necessary guarantees in order to create confidence regarding non-diversion of its nuclear programme," he said.

He did not specify what guarantees Iran was prepared to give.

An Iranian government spokesman reiterated earlier today that Iran had no intention of suspending uranium enrichment, the key demand of the Security Council over its atomic programme.

The 'five plus one' group made "substantial progress" yesterday towards agreeing the new draft resolution tightening sanctions against Iran, Britain's UN ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said in New York.

Mottaki suggested the diplomatic pressure would make little difference.

"An issue such as Iran's nuclear issue cannot be solved through pressure or the Security Council resolutions," he said.

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