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Iran Government spokesman: Judiciary should rein in wayward groups

Government spokesman Abdullah Ramezanzadeh said in Tehran on Wednesday that the onus is on the Judiciary to rein in wayward groups to prevent potential insecurity, IRNA reported.

Speaking at his weekly press briefing, he said that the government regards these disturbances as being against national security and interests.

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"It seems that some are who are after proving that there is no might in the country and this notion could destabilize the nation's sovereignty."

He said all government organizations have dealt with disturbances by these groups, 'but as of yet there has not been any response by the judiciary as the sole judge of legal and illegal actions in the nation'.

Ramezanzadeh hinted that foreign influence may be cause of disturbances, 'ostensibly to show that there are parallel and multiple centers of power running the country." But, he added 'our nation is united'.

He said that the police has arrested eight people in connection with the recent disturbances in the northeastern city of Mashhad and they will be handed to the Judiciary.

On another issue he said that the government has no objection to universities issuing permits for student gathering within the campus on the upcoming anniversary of student protests on July 9.

He said the government opposes exerting any pressure on individuals and such acts are against the law, Ramezanzadeh said adding, "An atmosphere allowing everyone to express their opinions freely should prevail.

"Unfortunately in Iran, some in the guise of promulgating the values of the system, utter lies and are trying to prove that multiple governments are in charge."

This issue of a government within a government has been seriously taken up by officials, Ramezanzadeh stated.

He also rejected recent accusation that some officials have taken bribes calling them 'treacherous statements which should be legally confronted'.

On a question regarding Iran-US talks he said the Iranian government has had no secret discussions with the US. The contacts were authorized by the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and confined to issues relating to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The talks have been beneficial for national interests,' Ramezanzadeh underlined.

He said, "Iran as signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has the right to ask other countries with advanced technology to provide it to us.

"The International Atomic Agency Commission (IAEA) is responsible to help us in this regard, but it has failed to keep its commitments."

Governments in industrialized states should clarify their stands in keeping to the articles of the signed protocols in assisting Iran with nuclear technology, he stated.

He said that the upcoming visit of Saudi foreign minister does not pertain to taking into custody of alleged al-Qaeda operatives in Iran, 'but, to discuss bilateral issues and other international developments'.

The government spokesman further said the US as a world power affects Iran's policies, 'even without being physically present in the region'.

He said that Iran is interested in forging cordial ties with all its neighbors and does not want to see the developments on them affect national interests adversely.

"Therefore as such its policies are different whether the US is in the region or not."

He said that the US increased pressure on Iran will not help to resolve the outstanding issue between the two nation.

"The Americans in order to satisfy their own domestic agenda will from time to time alter the level of negative publicity against Iran.

He said all political faction in Iran are united in defense of the county and are resolved in thwarting any aggression to the nation.

... Payvand News - 6/12/03 ... --

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