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18 February 2012 - 21:21

A senior Iranian lawmaker says Iran’s proposals should shape the framework of Tehran’s future talks with the world powers.

“Iran’s talks with the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the UK and the US plus Germany) should be based on the package proposed by the Islamic Republic,” said Chairman of Iran's Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi in a Saturday interview.

The Iranian legislator went on to say that besides Tehran’s right to peaceful nuclear energy, the talks should discuss regional problems, terrorism and energy transactions.

Boroujerdi made reference to Iran’s recent achievements in nuclear technology ahead of the P5+1 talks, adding that the European Union has perceived that Iran’s progress will not be halted even if nuclear powers cease to collaborate with the country.

On Wednesday, Iran placed the first indigenous fuel rods into the heart of Tehran Research Reactor and 3,000 new generation centrifuges to its Natanz facility, increasing the production of 3.5 percent enriched uranium by 50 percent.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has welcomed a letter from Iran indicating Tehran’s readiness to resume talks with the major world powers over its nuclear program.

On Wednesday, Secretary of Iran Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili announced Tehran’s readiness to resume talks, saying that the success of negotiations is tied to the P5+1’s constructive approach to the Islamic Republic’s initiatives.

Iran and the P5+1 held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010 and in the Turkish city of Istanbul in January 2011.

While Tehran says it is ready to continue the talks based on common grounds, it has stressed that it will not give up any of its rights.

The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program and have used this pretext to impose international and unilateral sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Iran, however, maintains that, as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
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