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Iran needs explicit negotiations about additional protocol to NPT

Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said on Sunday that Iran has honored all its obligations in the context of the non-proliferation treaty (NPT), but, Iran has lost trust in the developed states because they failed to observe the treaty's provision to supply technology to other member states.

"The party that caused mistrust, should make good to build confidence," he said in reference to Iran's disappointment with the treaty.

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei who called on Iran to sign the Additional Protocol to NPT 'for confidence building which could lead to lifting sanctions on Iran'.

"Since the states possessing nuclear technology failed to gain Iran's confidence, Iran needs to hold detailed talks about the additional protocol to make sure that Iran will receive technology to go ahead with its program to generate electricity from nuclear energy," Ramezanzadeh said.

"The two parties should understand each other's concerns," he declared.

Asked whether the demand of the members of parliament who staged sit-in protest last week was heeded and the students under arrest were released? he said that Iranian government system is promoting freedom of expression and that all demands are to be declared within the boundaries of the law. Democracy has its own rules and every individual is free to do what he/she wants to except for illegal acts, he said.

He said that he was pleased with the sit-in protest came to an end through the intervention of Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi.

Responding a question about US Secretary of State Colin Powell's statement that the US should stay away from Iranian politics, Ramezanzadeh said that it is likely the Americans have reached the point that their Iran policy in the past had been mistake.

"We hope that such realism would continue to emerge in the US approach toward Iran and they do something to make good on their past mistakes," he said.

"The US cannot attack any country in which free elections are held. Today, democracy is the best method for administering the country and the most important means to defend national security, independence and sovereignty as well," the spokesman said.

US threats pose no obstacle to Iran-Russia historical ties

Russian Ambassador to Tehran Alexander Maryasev in a meeting with Isfahan province Governor-General Seyed Mahmoud Hosseini here on Sunday, said that political events and US threats cannot affect the historical ties between Iran and Russia.

A report released by Isfahan province governor-general's office quoting Maryasev said that joint nuclear cooperation between the two states is quite transparent and is supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"We are determined to continue working on Iran's nuclear program to finalize it," said the Russian diplomat.

In the meeting, Hosseini noted that the current sensitivities towards nuclear cooperation between Iran and Russia, which are observed worldwide, especially by the US, should not disrupt the ancient bilateral relations.

He also underlined the need to broaden Iran-Russia cultural and historical cooperation.

"The activity of Russian consulate in Isfahan plays a decisive role in expansion of mutual cooperation between Russia and Isfahan province," he added.

Referring to the industrial position of the province, he declared Isfahan's readiness for joint cooperation with Russia in scientific and industrial fields.

... Payvand News - 7/6/03 ... --

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