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Germany calls on Iran to sign IAEA's additional protocol

The German government on Wednesday urged Iran to sign the additional protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), IRNA reported from Berlin.

"Iran's signing of the additional protocol would be a very important step," a high ranking German foreign ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IRNA.

Iran said earlier it was willing to sign onto the additional inspections under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, provided it gets access to advanced technology to use nuclear energy for civilian purposes.

Asefi says Sharon's anti-Iran claims are ridiculous controversy

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Tuesday dismissed claims by Zionist prime minister Ariel Sharon on Iran's nuclear activities as 'ridiculous' controversy and opportunism, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Asefi said Israel, characterized by its own occupying nature and as a violator of international protocols and resolutions, is itself a source of strong concern and menace to the region for possessing largest nuclear arsenal and more than 400 nuclear warheads in the region.

Asefi said the 'extremist and occupying' Zionists, who have been refraining from signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), are brazenly speaking of commitment to international norms and regulations.

He singled out that the world is now facing a serious threat which is spread of unethical thoughts and ambitions rooted in violence and aggression, and said this has been more destructive than nuclear armaments to target the global community and international relations.

Asefi added that the Islamic Republic of Iran is architect and supporter of a nuclear-free Middle East and considers any claim on its production of nuclear arms as totally unfounded.

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