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Regional states cooperate with Iran within IAEA: FM

Tehran, Aug 27, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Tehran on Friday that regional states cooperate with Iran within the frameworks of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Regional states voiced readiness to enable Iran to enjoy the advantages of cooperation with the IAEA and cooperate with Iran within the frameworks of the agency," Kharrazi told reporters upon his arrival from visits to New Zealand and Philippine.

"Regional countries have a good understanding over Iran's stance and capabilities and when they are briefed that Iran has committed no offense, they accept," he added.

Pointing to the stands of New Zealand and Philippine on Iran's nuclear activities, he said, "Our remarks are quite logical. We try in the field of peaceful nuclear technology based on our legitimate rights.

"Officials of these two countries also regard peaceful use of nuclear technology as Iran's right."

"Since Iran developed the nuclear technology locally, it is regarded as among potential countries in terms of nuclear activities. This issue brings a great honor for Iran.

"While our nuclear activities are within the frameworks of Iran's undertakings and under the supervision of the agency, no one can have a problem with them.

"Only the Americans put the IAEA under pressure to have their own political exploitation," the minister stressed.

Kharrazi further stated, "We will prove we are not carrying out any extraordinary activity through cooperation with the agency and talks with various countries and will act within our rights and international commitment. No one can deprive us from this legal right."

Responding to IRNA reporter on the outcomes of next meeting of IAEA Board of Governors, he said, "We should wait till release of (IAEA's chief Mohamed) ElBaradei`s report."

"We believe a realistic report will be issued due to (Iran's) cooperation with the agency and its inspectors. In that case, several current problems will be solved and a positive view will be created on Iran's potentials in nuclear fields," Kharrazi stressed.

He also pointed to talks held with New Zealand and Filipino officials on bilateral, regional and international issues and noted that the sides enjoy very good grounds for expansion of relations. "Iran has a special credit in the eyes of the two states due to its role in the region and achievements in industrial and economic fields during recent years."

Kharrazi assessed the outcomes of his visit as positive, saying he sides explored avenues for bolstering relations in various political and economic fields.

Asked about latest measures Iran's Foreign Ministry adopted on release of Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Iraq as well as IRNA reporter, he said, "We dispatched a delegation to Iraq and held talks with Iraqi officials. We are following up the case seriously. "Iranian diplomat is in good health and the reporters are in prison. We hope they will be freed soon."

The IRNA correspondent in Baghdad, Mostafa Darban, and his two Iraqi colleagues, Mohammad Khafaji and Mohsen Madani, were arrested by Iraqi police on August 9 and are being held at the Iraqi Interior Ministry.

Meanwhile, Fereydoun Jahani, an experienced diplomat with the Iranian Foreign Ministry, was abducted on August 4 by unknown men on his way to Karbala to head Iran's consular mission there.

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