Iran to quit talks if sanctions tightened


Press TV
July 5, 2010

A senior Iranian lawmaker has warned that Iran will quit talks about its nuclear program, if the six major powers tighten fresh UN sanctions against the country.

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“If the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Russia, China, France, Britain and the US — plus Germany (P5+1) tighten the UN Security Council sanctions Resolution 1929, they should not expect Iran to continue talks,” IRNA quoted Head of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi as saying on Sunday.

His remarks followed a recent call by major world powers to resume a new round of talks with Tehran over its nuclear program, stressing the door remains open to Iran.

The new offer by P5+1 is paradoxical since they were instrumental in pushing forward the June UN Security Council resolution against Iran, effectively disregarding the Tehran Declaration.

After Western powers cold-shouldered the Tehran Declaration brokered between Iran, Turkey and Brazil on swap of 1,200 kg of Iran’s low-enriched uranium with fuel for the Tehran medical research reactor, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday laid out new conditions for negotiations with the Vienna Group (the US, Russia, and France).

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