Ready to allay West's concerns over n-programme: Iran

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 08, 2013 01:42 hrs

Tehran: Days ahead of its scheduled talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran's atomic chief has said the Islamic republic is ready to allay the West's concerns over its nuclear programme.

"We acknowledge their concerns and are ready to ease them by international conventions," reported Xinhua citing Ali-Akbar Salehi.

During nuclear talks in the past, Iran's high-grade uranium enrichment activities and the country's refusal to give inspectors access to certain military sites, suspected of nuclear experiments, has hampered progress in resolving the prevailing controversy over its nuclear issue.

Iran and the IAEA last met in May. But the two side failed to reach any breakthrough that would allow the UN unclear watchdog to carry out further investigations into Tehran's nuclear activities.

The two sides are scheduled to hold their next round of talks in Vienna Sep 27, 2013.

While Salehi stressed "our principles have not changed and we have always demanded our rights under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the statute of the IAEA," he noted Iranian negotiators would try to help find a "win-win solution" to the issue.

Moreover, Iran's newly elected President Hassan Rouhani has pledged much "transparency" in the country's nuclear programme with the international community.

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