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Iran to remove existing tension with IAEA: lawmaker

Tehran, April 3, IRNA -- Head of Majlis Energy Commission Hossein Afarideh here on Saturday said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is extending necessary cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a bid to remove existing tension with the organization.

In an exclusive interview with IRNA, he said because of this, the Islamic Republic of Iran has agreed to sign the additional protocol to NPT and has voluntarily suspended uranium enrichment program.

On reported US plans to enforce sanctions against Iran, he said the US sanctions against Iran is nothing new and in case the Islamic Republic of Iran reaches an agreement with IAEA, these sanctions will not be imposed.

The MP from Shirvan, said the country's officials expect the European Union, particularly Britain, France and Germany, to exert greater influence on public opinion in order to take required measures to remove existing tensions.

The US policy against Iran is rooted in the lobbying by the Zionist regime which masterminds the imposed sanctions as well as threats against the country, he pointed out.

"If the ongoing negotiations between Iran and Europe bear positive results, the US will not be able to take any action against us," he reiterated.

The US deputy foreign secretary recently claimed that the US is to impose a new sanctions over Iran by including 13 new items.

The sanction is aimed at preventing the country from gaining access to technological know-how on the construction of weapons of mass destruction as well as nuclear arms, he said.

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