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UPDATED: 08:42, November 07, 2005
Iran hails president's proposal best solution to nuclear dispute
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Iran said on Sunday that a nuclear proposal presented by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the best solution to the country's nuclear issue.

"Although all plans which recognize Iran's legal rights are negotiable, President Ahmadinejad's proposal is the best solution to the dispute with its feasibility of the highest degree," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi told a weekly news briefing.

Asefi referred to the proposal unveiled by Ahmadinejad on Sept. 17 in a speech delivered at the UN General Assembly in New York, under which Tehran would invite foreign parties to participate in its uranium enrichment program to keep the process transparent.

Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Saturday that the Iranian government had approved a plan to implement Ahmadinejad's proposal.

"The plan, which authorizes the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to take measures necessary to attract foreign and domestic investment, paved the way for international participation in the work at the uranium enrichment plant located in the central town of Natanz," the report said.

Accused by the United States of developing nuclear weapons under the disguise of civil use, Iran is exerting efforts to keep its uranium enrichment work while disperse the international suspicion on its motivation.

However, the European Union (EU), a long-time broker of the Iranian nuclear issue, and the United States stayed firm on their demand that Iran completely halt all enrichment-related activities.

Uranium enrichment is a key stage for building nuclear fuel cycle, which, according to Tehran, is a legitimate and undeniable right enshrined in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Iran suspended enrichment-related activities in November 2004 to build confidence but resumed uranium conversion work, a preparatory step for enrichment, in early August.

In response, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog, adopted a EU-drafted resolution in September, urging Iran to re-suspend all enrichment-related activities, otherwise its nuclear case would be referred to the UN Security