Iran: Suspension of uranium enrichment - ”unprincipled”
Iran's Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani on Wednesday rejected suspension of uranium enrichment concurrent with negotiations, terming it an "unprincipled" offer.
Larijani was speaking to reporters prior to his departure for Spain at the head of an Iranian delegation, which is scheduled to hold the second round of talks with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Madrid on Thursday.
"Suspension will not be a proper solution to ongoing standoff over Iran's peaceful nuclear case. "As (former UN weapons inspector chief) Hans Blix has said if Iran is supposed to suspend its nuclear activities, there would remain no topics for talks," he said, according to IRNA.
Asked if suspension could be the outcome of negotiations, he added, "Outcome of the talks cannot be predicted. "We intend to act in a way that we proceed with our peaceful nuclear program and at the same time cause no concerns for others about our activities."
The top nuclear negotiator noted that Tehran does not plan to give up its nuclear program in order to remove the "concern" of others.