TEHRAN - Iran on Saturday expressed regret over a declaration of the Group of
Eight (G8) industrialized nations urging Tehran to suspend all
enrichment-related and reprocessing activities.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman
Mohammad Ali Hosseini speaks to journalists during a news conference in
Tehran in this October 8, 2006 file photo. Iran on Saturday brushed aside
warnings by G8 leaders that it would face further U.N. sanctions if it
failed to halt uranium enrichment
In a press release, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said
that the G8 industrialized nations have ignored Iran's inalienable right to
enjoy nuclear technology and use it in a peaceful way.
"While the Islamic Republic of Iran have had a close cooperation with all
regional and international organizations...unfortunately, the G8 summit in its
declaration has accused Iran of being inattentive towards international
community's demands," Hosseini said.
In the statement issued at the conclusion of the three-day G8 summit at the
German Baltic resort of Heiligendamm, the G8 said it is still committed to
resolving the Iranian nuclear issue by diplomatic means.
However, the G8 said that it will "support adopting further measures, should
Iran refuse to comply with its obligations" under UN Security Council
resolutions 1696, 1737 and 1747.
Hosseini lashed out at the G8 threat of imposing more sanctions against the
country, saying that Iran's principled policy is to defend its "indisputable
"Imposing sanctions against Iran and trying to make it isolated by certain
powers will never affect the will of Iran's government and nation to demand its
indisputable rights," Hosseini said.
"Bringing up Iran's nuclear issue in the UN Security Council is clearly
contradictory to international community demands," he added.
The spokesman, meanwhile, expressed that Iran will welcome diplomatic
approaches, especially some negotiation mechanisms, to answer questions and
possible ambiguities concerning its nuclear program.
"Iran is ready to participate in any kind of negotiations upon good will and
without illogical and unilateral preconditions," he said.