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Publish Date: 10:23 - 18 August 2013
Tehran, YJC. -- Iran FM. Mohammad Javad Zarif called for recognizing Iran's irrefutable nuclear rights, saying new way of pondering and thinking is a 'proper way' to settle the issue.
The EU's top diplomat Catherine Ashton, who leads global talks with Tehran on its disputed nuclear drive, called for a resumption of the talks in a phone conversation Saturday with Iran's new foreign minister.

A statement from her spokesperson said Ashton phoned the new Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to congratulate him on his new post.

Ashton "underlined her continued determination and commitment to seek a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue," the statement said.

It added that she said the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany that Ashton represents in the negotiations "were ready to work with the new Iranian negotiating team as soon as they were appointed."

"She confirmed the need for substantial talks that will lead to concrete results swiftly," it said, adding that Ashton and Zarif "agreed to meet soon on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting", Globalpost said.

Zarif, for his part, stressed Iran's political will and determination to settle its nuclear issue.

He further called for recognizing Iran's irrefutable nuclear rights, saying new way of pondering and thinking is a 'proper way' to settle the issue.

Zarif also said Iran is ready for purposeful talks in a specific time framework.

Early this month Ashton called on Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani to agree a fresh round of negotiations as soon as possible.

Rouhani has said Iran was ready for "serious" talks on its nuclear program without delay.

He headed Iran's nuclear negotiating team under former president Mohammad Khatami in the early 2000s. 

ISNA

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