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Uranium enrichment a red line, Iran says ahead of nuclear talks

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TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Iran said it would bring new proposals to the negotiating table in Geneva next week though a lawmaker in Tehran said uranium enrichment was a red line.

Iran's state-funded broadcaster Press TV highlighted next week's talks in Switzerland between Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council in a Friday segment. The talks are the third for the year. Two rounds of talks in Kazakhstan were viewed as amicable but concluded with few breakthroughs.

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Press TV reported Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will lead the delegation in Geneva but will only take part in direct negotiations if other foreign ministers follow suit.

Zarif met behind closed doors with his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly in September.

Press TV said the Iranian government is ready to provide assurances that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes -- but only if Western leaders lift sanctions on Iran.

Iran says it has the right to enrich nuclear material as a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, a member of Parliament's foreign policy committee, said enrichment was a line in the sand that can't be crossed.

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"[Iran's] right to peaceful nuclear technology and uranium enrichment up to whatever level required by the country's nuclear industry are regarded as our red lines," he was quoted by the semiofficial Fars News Agency as saying.

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