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Iran 'genuine' in verifying nuclear programme, says UK's Foreign Secretary

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says that he is convinced that Iran is sincere in opening its doors for verifiable inspections of its nuclear programme, IRNA reported from London.

"I believe they are operating and acting genuinely and they are keeping to their commitments," Straw said Saturday in an interview with BBC radio's Today programme.

He said that "what Iran has done so far is to stick with its agreement." The Iranian government, with whom he has "good relations," did sign the addition Non-Proliferation Treaty protocol as they pledged, he said.

The Foreign Secretary was questioned about policy towards Iran in the light of Libya agreeing a settlement to scrap programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction.

What was important was "choosing the appropriate strategy in appropriate circumstances," after revealing that Libya had approached the UK before the US.

He did not directly rebuff suggestions that Britain's foreign policy was becoming more and more concentrated as a bridge between with the rest of the world, especially countries hostile towards the US.

"I see Britain as a key member of the permanent member of the Security Council with an independent role to play with the United States, the EU and the Arab world" which have historical links, the Foreign Secretary said.

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