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Iran Ready To Give Guarantees On Nuclear Program

Manuchehr Mottaki (file photo) (epa) March 13, 2007 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said today that Iran is prepared to offer "necessary" guarantees on its nuclear program if the issue is withdrawn from the UN Security Council.

Mottaki made the comment in a speech at an international conference on disarmament in Geneva.

He did not specify what kind of guarantees Iran is prepared to give.

Iran's government spokesman said earlier today that Iran had no intention of suspending uranium enrichment, the key demand of the Security Council.

Iran says its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

But Western countries remain suspicious about Iran's nuclear intentions and aim to curb the country's sensitive nuclear activities.


Avoiding International Isolation

Avoiding International Isolation
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) with Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on May 27 (epa)

DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE: As the United States and the European Union increase pressure on Iran regarding its nuclear program, Tehran has launched a wide-ranging and ambitious diplomatic offensive, including high-level state visits with countries including China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and Pakistan. In May, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad participated in a high-profile summit of the so-called Developing 8 (D8) group of countries in Bali. Below are some links to RFE/RL's coverage of Iran's efforts to boost international support for its position.

Tehran's Shanghai Plans Seen As Bold Geopolitical Stroke

Nonaligned Movement Expresses Support For Iran

Afghan, Iranian Presidents Tout Strong Historical Ties

Iranian Foreign Minister In Pakistan For Energy Talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Visits Baghdad


To view all of RFE/RL's coverage of Iran, click here.

THE COMPLETE STORY: RFE/RL's complete coverage of controversy surrounding Iran's nuclear program.


An annotated timeline of Iran's nuclear program.