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Iran President denies claims on Iran-US talks

President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday dismissed the prospect of interrogation of Al Qaeda members in Iran by the Americans, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Speaking to reporters, the president said that no talks have been held between Iran and the US on the issue and added that once Iran is through with the investigation of Al Qaeda members who are currently Iran's custody and their identities are confirmed, proper decision will be taken for their trial or expulsion.

"We will arrest Al Qaeda members if we come across them, given that they are our enemies, similar to Americans," he noted.

Concerning the claim of a Saudi official that Iran is refraining from delivering a member of Al Qaeda, a Saudi citizen, to Saudi Arabia, he said, "Given joint cooperation and constant negotiations between the two states, if that is the case, there will be no problem."

He rejected that there were any exchanges or any correspondence between the Iranian and American statesmen and said that such claims are simply speculations.

President Khatami also denied the rumor that Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations, Mohammad-Javad Zarif, has been holding talks with the US officials on behalf of Iran.

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