Iran presents package of proposals to world powers
Amid international calls on Iran to engage the West over its nuclear development plans, Tehran presented the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany with its latest package of proposals to tackle "global issues."
The package was presented on Wednesday by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to ambassadors from China, France, Germany, Russia and Switzerland -- on behalf of the US -- and the British charge d'affaires in Tehran.
In a press conference, Mottaki said "as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said the package has already been updated considering global developments."
"We have provided a new opportunity for dialogue and bilateral cooperation and we hope we can arrange new round of talks under the framework of this new package of proposal," he said, according to ISNA.
Meanwhile, Iran's representative to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh in an interview with Al-Alam satellite channel said "it must not be mistakenly considered that the topic of talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will be Iran’s peaceful nuclear program."
"Iran’s nuclear issue would only be discussed at the IAEA," he noted, adding "as Iran's nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said the scope of talks are very broad and include various international and regional topics including global security, international cooperation, energy security, disarmament and global concerns over proliferation of nuclear weapons."
"If any country has question or doubt about Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, it must raise it at the IAEA," Soltaniyeh said.