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Iranian Foreign Minister confers with British foreign secretary

Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Wednesday the allegations made by Argentine judge against Iranian former ambassador to Buenos Aires lack legal credibility, IRNA reported from New York.

In a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on the sidelines of the 58th UN General Assembly, Kharrazi urged the British government to secure immediate freedom of Iranian diplomat Hadi Soleimanpour.

Straw said that the British government will do what it can within the British legal code to help release Soleimanpour from custody. Kharrazi challenged the anti-Iran statement the nuclear states issued in the context of the meeting of Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in September as "pursuing political goals".

He said that Iran, a signatory to non-proliferation treaty (NPT), adopted national nuclear program in line with the economic development plans which has nothing to do with producing bomb.

Straw said that Britain backs Iran`s program to utilize nuclear energy for civilian purposes and at the same time Iran is expected to come to terms with the IAEA.

In the meantime, Straw expressed concern about the shooting incidents to the building of the British Embassy in Tehran. Kharrazi reaffirmed Iranian government`s commitment to protect the diplomatic premises.

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