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Cablegate: Iran Press: Mfa Spokesman Says Qom Facility, 20 Percent

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SUBJECT: IRAN PRESS: MFA SPOKESMAN SAYS QOM FACILITY, 20 PERCENT
ENRICHMENT NOT CONNECTED TO GENEVA TALKS

REF: DUBAI RPO 424

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(U) On October 12 MFA spokesman Hassan Qashqavi held his weekly
press conference. The following are approximate translations of
his comments on the nuclear issue, taken from October 12 ISNA
coverage.

- Nothing relating to Iran's nuclear rights was discussed in the
Geneva discussions; we have stood firm on this subject and moved
forward.

- We had made an announcement about the Fordo (i.e. Qom)
Installation before the Geneva discussions and the mechanism for
discussions is between us and the IAEA and this matter relates
solely to these two entities, not to the 5+1 Group.. The Fordo
Installation has no relation to the Geneva discussions.

- The matter of the 20 percent enrichment isn't connected to the
Geneva discussions either and the President had announced it in
his trip to New York. We had said that our fuel would run out
after a period.

- [concerning Iran's desire to import 20 percent enriched
uranium]: This doesn't mean that we are fixated on importing it;
we can't stop the work of 150 hospitals and provide it [the
fuel] should it be necessary. We are not joking with anyone
about meeting this need.

- We want to get 20 percent enriched uranium and ensha'allah it
will be agreed that this fuel is imported into Iran.. due to the
tremendous respect we have for international laws we announced
our desire for 20 percent enriched fuel and it has been agreed
that a tripartite meeting be held among Iran, the IAEA and
countries who have expressed a willingness in order to discuss
price, the method of delivery and the shape of work.

- [question: weren't the Geneva meetings influenced by the
subject of the 20 percent enrichment and the Fordo
Installation?]: When Iran's nuclear issue was put forward the
subject was totally transparent and clear.. [ explaining that
Iran has said repeatedly that its nuclear rights are
non-negotiable, he continued]: this means continuation of
activities within the framework of the NPT, IAEA regulations and
Safeguard articles.

- I don't know why some domestically and abroad have insisted to
this extent that the issue of the Fordo Installation and of 20
percent enrichment are connected to the Geneva discussions.. no
matter how much I look I can't see a connection between these
two subjects and [Iran's] nuclear rights.

- The negotiating sides in Geneva comprising Iran's
representative and representatives of the 5+1 Countries all
expressed their satisfaction concerning these discussions and
accepted that the basis of negotiations in the second round of
discussions would be Iran's proposed package.

[question: Secretary Clinton has said that the US cannot wait
forever for Iran's answer] Our commitment to international laws
is in essence a legal one and statements about deadlines and
timing have no influence on us. We are active NPT members and
carry out our work legally.


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- [on sanctions]: We've said it repeatedly and they themselves
know that the language of threats and sanctions is useless ..
concerning dialogue and negotiations we have always announced
that we favor discussion and "Geneva 2" has also proven this.

- Iran fully has a presence and influence in global management
[i.e. affairs] and our influence will grow in the future.. Iran
is a global strategic power.
EYREAE

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