Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi’s interview with the Swiss daily, Tages-Anzeiger. Key points:
- Access to the full process of enrichment and fuel provision They (US) should respect our concerns, including our right under the framework of the nuclear NPT for taking peaceful advantage of the nuclear energy, including access to the full process of enrichment and fuel provision for our facilities, which is inclusive of uranium enrichment. I hope the new Obama administration will pursue this matter with good intentions so that satisfactory results for both sides can be achieved.
- Ready to hold talks (with the US) on limited issues We have already had direct talks with the United States, such as talks on Afghanistan in Bonn and on Iraq in Baghdad. Of course I am not talking about one-on-one talks, but we see no obstacle in that respect either. We are ready to hold talks on limited issues, such as the nuclear issue. But first we need to wait and see whether this new US approach and this new proposal (to hold direct talks) is honest or if it is yet another trick against the opposite side. We are monitoring the issue carefully and cautiously, but also with a positive approach.
- The problem is mutual lack of trust It is not right to negotiate with us on the one hand and impose mounting pressure on us on the other hand. They can accuse anyone of such (nuclear military) intentions and that they might sometime in the future pursue other objectives. How can this be proved? How can the opposite be proved? Our Supreme Leader has issued a verdict that manufacturing nuclear weapons is forbidden in Islam. We are very transparent. The issues related to military dimensions have been pursued at various gatherings and in near future, too, there will be another round of clarifications. The matter is not refraining to issue permits for visit a certain site. We say if we do so, the agency must then close this dossier for good.