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Iran urges its nuclear right be recognized during Moscow talks: nuclear negotiator
TEHRAN, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said Tehran expects that its right to nuclear technology, including uranium enrichment, be recognized during the upcoming talks with the world powers in the Russian capital of Moscow, the Press TV reported on Saturday.
Iran welcomes dialogue and has always been open to cooperation and talks with different countries on a wide range of issues, including cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, Jalili was quoted as saying on Friday.
The talks between Iran and the P5+1 - the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany - are slated for June 18-19 in Moscow.
"If they (the P5+1) are also committed to a similar strategy, a similar approach, then the prospects for the Moscow talks will be promising. We will look at this round of talks with optimism if the agreements reached in Istanbul and Baghdad are honored," said Jalili, also the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.
"We are strongly against weapons of mass destruction. Today, the Islamic republic of Iran has the capacity to cooperate in the field of disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation; so these capacities should be drawn on by the international community," he added.
Iran expects that its right to the nuclear technologies, including uranium enrichment, be recognized and respected as that right is clearly defined by the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty ( NPT), the report quoted him as saying.
Iran's nuclear activities are entirely under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the Islamic republic is conducting its nuclear energy program in full compliance with the NPT, he added.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that Tehran was optimistic about the results of the Moscow talks, hoping the talks would be constructive.
Iran and the six powers held the last round of nuclear talks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad in May.