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TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran’s proposal to world powers aimed at resolving the standoff over its atomic programme talks of global nuclear disarmament, a top Iranian official was quoted on Thursday as saying, while insisting there will be no suspension of uranium enrichment.

“This proposal covers all issues of interests… non-proliferation, disarmament… and using technology for peaceful purpose,” the conservative Jomhuri Eslami quoted Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as saying.

The paper said Soltanieh made the comments in an address to the IAEA’s board members at their meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.

Iran’s policy, he stressed, “is not to have suspension (of uranium enrichment) and to fully go ahead with our undeniable right of using peaceful nuclear technology.”

Iran’s foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday handed over Tehran’s package of proposals to representatives of six world powers — the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

These nations, known as P5+1 are charged with negotiating with Iran to resolve the controversy over its atomic programme, which the international community suspects is aimed at making nuclear weapons. Tehran denies these charges.

Details of Iran’s proposals to P5+1 have not been made public.

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