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Iran completely committed to Tehran Declaration: SNSC Secretary

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani in Brussels on Monday stressed Iran's full commitment to Tehran Declaration, IRNA reported.

Rowhani made the remark in separate meetings with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and German deputy minister of foreign affairs.

During the meetings he stressed Iran's firm determination to fight weapons of mass destruction at regional and international levels and the country's serious decision for mutual confidence-building and expansion of relations between Iran and Europe.

Rowhani said that Iran does not seek a sectional and tactical move and is determined to continue its confidence-building policies in order to promote security and bilateral, regional and international cooperation.

He said Iran's nuclear policies are voluntarily to prove the country's peaceful nature of nuclear activities, adding the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has finally approved that Iran does not seek access to nuclear weapons.

He noted that new dialogue between Iran and Europe is a start for peaceful nuclear cooperation and assessed Iran-Europe cooperation to free the Middle East from weapons of mass destruction as "constructive and positive".

Straw, for his part, said the aim of Germany, Britain and France from Tehran Declaration is a comprehensive plan towards confidence-building and is far beyond the issue of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Straw said that these three European countries seek the best and deepest ties with Iran and attach special importance to the dignity and independence of Iran, adding that they will not forget Iran's difficulties over the past 100 years.

Straw appreciated Iran's recent transparent measures on behalf of France, Britain and Germany and said Iran's measure to suspend uranium enrichment activities is voluntarily which would be very effective to attract global confidence.

He termed current dialogue between Iran and Europe as an important historic opportunity for both sides and stressed continuation of such ties.

Meanwhile, de Villepin also pointed to key dialogue and cooperation between Iran and Europe and said it is important for both sides to show the world confidence can be built through dialogue and cooperation and there is no need to resort to other ways.

The world community and Europe seek continuation of confidence-building and cooperation with Iran, he added. In the process of confidence-building, the French foreign minister said that they intend to establish comprehensive Iran-Europe cooperation including a commercial agreement through settlement of current problems in mutual ties and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

German deputy foreign minister, who attended the meeting in the absence of Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, termed recent opportunity in Iran-Europe ties as historical and called for consolidation of bilateral cooperation.

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