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6/21/03

British ambassador calls for continuation of Iran-EU dialogue

British Ambassador to Iran Richard John Dalton called for continuation of dialogue between Iran and the European Union, IRNA reported from Tehran on Saturday.

In a meeting with Head of Iran-Britain Friendship Group Akbar A'lami, Dalton termed Iran as an "influential country in regional and international issues" and expressed hope that Iran would step up its efforts to solve regional crises.

He said Iran's concerns are understandable and said, "The coalition forces based in Iraq pose no threat to Iran."

"The Iranian government and nation have are concerned that attack on a country and its regime change as well as long-term deployment of foreign troops there may become a matter of routine," A'lami added.

He said such measures are in violation of international laws and regulations and are aimed at weakening legitimate international organizations including the United Nations.

Pointing to US baseless allegations against independent and free countries, the MP from northwestern city of Tabriz said the Islamic Republic of Iran has peaceful and transparent nuclear programs while a number of countries such as the United States and Israel stockpile weapons of mass destruction.

A'lami stressed that Iran has never taken an step towards producing weapons of mass destruction and will never do so because such an act is religiously forbidden.

"Had Iran been after dangerous weapons of mass destruction, its neighboring countries or Russia which has cooperation with Iran in the construction of Bushehr power plant should have been alarmed by such a danger."

The Iranian parliamentarian stressed that the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) preserves the right to make approval of the so called additional protocol to the NPT conditional on commitment of the nuclear countries to fulfill their duties towards countries such as the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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