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Iran on Tuesday responded to reports that it had agreed to meet with the "5+1" group later this month by saying that it absolutely will not be discussing a nuclear fuel swap, AFP reported.
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Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that "under no condition will we discuss the issue of fuel swap in our meeting with the 5+1 group," according to the report.
Earlier in the day, reports surfaced that Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had declared his country's readiness to enter nuclear talks with the international community, saying that they were to take place in Turkey later in the month.
It was not immediately clear, however, whether the mothballed negotiations could be restarted as quickly as next Monday — under the Iranian proposal carried by the semiofficial Mehr news agency.
Iran also has sent mixed signals in the past over its willingness to
discuss Western demands to curb its nuclear ambitions, including sending
counter-proposals and using delaying tactics that effectively brought
talks to an impasse.
Responding to the earlier report, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan said no firm date has been set for the talks, Turkey's state-run
Anatolia news agency reported.
However, western countries all said that they had received no official
confirmation that Iran was attempting to schedule the nuclear talks. In
Paris, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said there was
"no confirmation" through official channels about the time or place to
The French Foreign Ministry spokesman, Valero, said there is still no
official response from Iran. "For us, it's very simple on Iran. We are
still waiting for a concrete response from Iranian authorities to our
proposals made to them — about where, when and about what. We are still
waiting for that," he said.
"We don't have any indications" about a November 15 date in Turkey, he added.