Iran hopes to build confidence

September 22, 2009 12:00 am

, TEHRAN, Sept 22 – Iran hopes to build confidence during talks with world powers on its proposals aimed at allaying concerns over its nuclear programme, foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday in New York.

"We have to reach a comprehensive confidence in order to examine the main questions and start negotiations," Mottaki told a group of Iranian reporters in New York, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Six world powers — Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and the United States — are set to hold talks with Iran on October 1, probably in Turkey, over Tehran’s package of proposals submitted to them earlier this month.

The world powers aim to discuss with Iran its controversial nuclear programme which they suspect is aimed at making an atomic bomb.

Tehran denies the charge and maintains its package aims to promote global nuclear disarmament.

"We have to reach an agenda during these talks and in our package of proposals we have raised different issues… we have addressed the (global) nuclear issue, non-proliferation of arms and urged that all nuclear activities in the world must be supervised by the IAEA," Mottaki said.

"I think… we can discuss within this framework and can reach mutual confidence concerning nuclear issues."

He said Tehran was hoping that during the talks the concerned parties reach an agenda to "destroy all atomic weapons in the world".

Top Iranian officials, including supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have regularly denied Iran is making atomic weapons but have insisted that pursuing nuclear technology is Tehran’s "legitimate" right.

Mottaki is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting along with Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad leaves for New York later Tuesday.


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