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Iran says talks with EU officials "positive"

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani on Tuesday assessed his talks with senior EU officials in Brussels as "positive," IRNA reported from Tehran.

Talking to reporters at Mehrabad International Airport after returning from Brussels, Rowhani said the visit took place at a very sensitive time on the threshold of the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting and under conditions that Iran's enemies had intensified their activities against the Islamic Republic.

"The European Union officials described the new atmosphere created for Iran today as a turning point and an important historic event in Iran-EU ties," he said.

Rowhani also termed the talks with senior EU officials and the foreign ministers of the three European countries with whom agreement had been achieved in Tehran (Germany, France and Britain) as constructive, effective and clear.

He stressed that Iran has not made any requests from anyone in any talk and in any statement.

"We have been seeking the legitimate rights of the Iranian nation and have held talks with our partners within the framework of regulations and treaties and have reached agreement, and they are also committed to fulfill their promises," he said.

The SNSC secretary noted that they have clearly expressed their commitment to their undertakings in Tehran.

He stressed that one of the three EU ministers admitted the Iranian nation has been insulted over the past 100 years and that certain powers sought to humiliate the country but Iran currently enjoyed a special position.

He quoted another minister as terming the Middle East as a very important region and saying that they regard Iran as the main axis in the region and for this reason they seek to expand their ties with Tehran in all fields.

"We have explicitly announced that Iran will not accept any sentence in the upcoming resolution which set the issue of suspension (of Uranium enrichment activities) -- that Iran started voluntarily -- as a legal commitment," Rowhani further stated.

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