Zarif and Ashton
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gestures next to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Geneva, November 10, 2013. Photo by Reuters
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Iran's foreign minister says there is no need for world powers to publicly acknowledge Iran's "right" to uranium enrichment, offering a potential way to sidestep another sticking point on a possible nuclear deal when talks resume later this week.

Mohammad Javad Zarif's remarks appear to give more latitude over previous demands that the West declare that Tehran has international clearance to produce nuclear fuel since Iran is a signer of a UN treaty governing atomic technology.

The U.S. and others have balked at supporting Iran's "right" to enrich uranium.
Zarif was quoted by the semiofficial ISNA news agency as calling "the right of enrichment" as nonnegotiable. But added there was "no necessity for its recognition as a right" because it is self-evident in the UN treaty.

Earlier on Sunday, French President Francois Hollande arrived in Tel Aviv on his first official visit as head of state to Israel, which has welcomed Paris' tough stance in talks with Iran over its nuclear program.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres received the large French delegation, which also includes Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, at Ben-Gurion International Airport.