Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Iran President Promises 'Innovations' To Solve Nuclear Row

"I have some innovations concerning the fuel cycle which are being finalised by the experts and the details will be known," he said, but did not elaborate.

Tehran (AFP) Aug 24, 2005
Iran wants negotiations over its nuclear programme to continue and is finalising "innovations" to resolve the dispute, the Islamic republic's new hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Wednesday.

However he told reporters that Iran would also defend its "lawful rights" in the nuclear domain - a reference to the country's demand to hold on to sensitive atomic energy fuel cycle technology that the West fears could be diverted to weapons use.

"Our policy is transparent and clear: we are after the nation's lawful rights within the framework of international law and we will defend these rights seriously," he said on the sidelines of a parliamentary confidence vote on his proposed cabinet.

But he added that "we want the negotiations to continue", even though talks with Britain, France and Germany have broken off due to Iran's decision to partially end its suspension of uranium enrichment-related work.

"I have some innovations concerning the fuel cycle which are being finalised by the experts and the details will be known," he said, but did not elaborate.

At the end of July, the EU-3 formally asked Iran to abandon uranium enrichment-related work in exchange for a package of trade incentives, access to nuclear fuel produced overseas and help with Tehran's regional security concerns.

Iran reacted by resuming uranium conversion work at a facility at Isfahan on August 8, but has so far held off on enrichment.

The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), called on Iran earlier this month to return to a full suspension of nuclear fuel activities.

The IAEA is due to report on the crisis September 3, and a refusal by the Islamic republic to comply could lead to Iran's referral to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.

The United States is "working hard behind the scenes" for Iran to be referred to the Security Council, said a Western diplomat in Vienna where the IAEA is based.

But several IAEA board members were reluctant since Iran had not been found in non-compliance with nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) safeguards requirements.

Tehran has also been emboldened by reports that both UN and US experts have found no evidence that Iran was secretly enriching uranium.

The IAEA has determined that traces of bomb-grade uranium found at several sites over the past two years in Iran came from contaminated Pakistani equipment and were not evidence of nuclear weapons work, diplomats said.

"It was not Iran that violated the Paris Agreement," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told the state news agency IRNA, referring to the November 2004 deal under which Iran agreed to freeze its nuclear fuel cycle activities.

"The Europeans are to blame for unilaterally interpreting and violating the Paris Agreement," Asefi said, repeating Iran's contention that it has the right under the NPT to produce its own nuclear fuel.

"The Europeans ignored Iran's rights," Asefi said, the day after the EU-3 cancelled talks scheduled for next week.

Meanwhile a new Iranian militia group calling itself the "Martyrdom Lovers" is preparing to stage its first manoeuvres aimed at defending nuclear sites from a US attack, a hardline paper said.

The commander of the suicide group, Mohammad Reza Jaffari, told the Parto Sokhan (Light of Speech) weekly that the forthcoming exercise was codenamed "Yes to Khamenei", in dedication to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"This will be the first manoeuvres of the martyrdom-seeking brigades," he said, adding the volunteers will "work on new tactics of how to defend the sensitive and strategic areas and how to destroy the hypothetical enemy by implementing a human shield."

The United States "should know that each martyrdom-seeker is an atomic bomb," he told the paper, which had earlier this month carried an advertisement seeking people to join the group.

Related Links
Search SpaceDaily
Subscribe To SpaceDaily Express

Outside View: NY Awaits Iranian President
Moscow (UPI) Aug 24, 2005
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the new Iranian president, is expected to make his diplomatic debut at the U.N. General Assembly in New York in September.

  • US Hopes Sino-Russian Maneuvers Don't Destablize Region
  • US Congress Urged To Press For Details On Plan For Global Troop Realignment
  • Analysis: Indo-U.S. Ties Not To Hurt China
  • US-Indian Military Accord Does Not Compromise Security: Defence Minister

  • Outside View: NY Awaits Iranian President
  • Analysis: Is A Solution Still Viable?
  • Iran President Promises 'Innovations' To Solve Nuclear Row
  • US Lobbying For Iran To Face UN Security Council On Nuclear Issue

  • Hellfire Thermobaric Warhead Approved For Production
  • Lockheed Martin Successfully Tests Loitering Attack Missile Warhead
  • Lockheed Martin Successful In Boosted Penetrator Test
  • Estonia To Upgrade Weak Air Defence System With New Missiles

  • Orbital Successfully Launches Second Target Rocket For MDA's CMCM-1 Program
  • BMD Focus: US, China Duel In South Asia
  • U.S., India Move Fast On Patriot Coop
  • BMD Focus: The search for Gen. Schriever

  • GE, Rolls-Royce Win 2.4 Billion Dollar Joint Strike Engine Deal
  • Energia Makes A Big Show At MAKS
  • ESA At Russia's Annual MAKS Expo
  • Airport Experts Gather At NASA Ames To Plan For Future

  • Airborne Drones, Mimicking Gulls, Alter Wing Shape For Agility
  • Northrop Grumman Unveils Newest Target For U.S. Navy
  • Unmanned Remote Sensing Aircraft Takes Flight
  • GlobeTel Wireless Enters Asia With HotZone Wireless Networks

  • Americans' Confidence In Military And Media Falling: Poll
  • Walker's World: A Sunni-Shiite Civil War?
  • Benchmarks: Iraq's Black August Continues
  • Outside View: Ink Blots For Iraq

  • DRS To Produce Infrared Assemblies For Javelin Missile Command Launch Unit
  • NGC Selected as Lead System Integrator for U.S. FIRRE Program
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers Bid For Air Force Electronic Attack Requirement
  • NSA's New Boss Puts Faith In Hi Tech Fixes

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement