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West changed literature in Iran N-talks: AEOI chief

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Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Iranians resolve to defend the country’s nuclear rights has forced the West to change its literature in negotiations.

Fereydoun Abbasi on Wednesday said the recent talks between Iran and the P5+1 — Russia, China, France, the US and the UK plus Germany — in Kazakhstan were positive, stressing that the second round of talks in Almaty will be even more positive.

Abbasi said Iranians have been resisting US-led sanctions imposed on the country for many years and “the resolve and resistance of the Iranian nation has influenced [nuclear] negotiations.”

The nuclear chief said Iran has broken new grounds in its peaceful nuclear program which will be announced soon.

When asked about Western requests to visit Parchin military site, Abbasi said, “Parchin never had and does not have any nuclear activity.”

“If they want to visit this site, they must provide convincing documents and evidence so we can discuss the issue with our military officials, because they will have to decide on this.”

Iran and the P5+1 held their latest round of talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on February 26-27, 2013. Both sides agreed to meet in Almaty again on April 5-6 for the next round of negotiations. Previous talks had been held in the Turkish city of Istanbul in March 2012.

The US, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and EU using this pretext to impose several rounds of illegal unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

Tehran rejects the allegation and maintains that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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