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Iran has no objection to US involvement in nuclear talks

Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hossein Mousavian said on Tuesday that Iran has no objection to the US involvement in the nuclear talks as suggested by the Europeans and their extensive attempts to this effect, IRNA reported from Tehran.

He expressed his belief that at this stage there is no need for holding direct talks with the US on the issue.

"Obviously, if the US aims to disrupt the process of ongoing Iran-Eu3 talks, the impact will be quite evident.

"While EU-US exchange of views on Iran's nuclear program is of significance to us, we are mainly dealing with EU, not the US," he added.

Concerning the possibility of holding talks with US in future, he noted that though such a prospect cannot be left off, it is hard to say when this might take place.

"But I can definitely say that at this point there is no need to get involved in a direct challenge with US on the issue.

"We are actually dealing with EU. Therefore, it is up to the Europeans themselves to settle their differences of view on Iran's nuclear dossier with the US," he added.

He said that in his opinion the US is not intent on negotiating with Iran on its nuclear issue.

"They are rather interested in holding comprehensive talks with Iran about all the discrepancies, while they don't favor any party to meddle, even if the Europeans wish to play such a part," he added.

Mousavian noted that in his belief, it is not yet the proper time for such negotiations and stressed that no focus should be placed on it at present.

"A test on Iran's nuclear issue is currently underway in cooperation with EU, while Europe should prove that it will manage to fulfill its commitments in this regard.

"In fact, Europe itself is undergoing trial in an effort to display its abilities to the world. It would be quite natural for Europeans to be challenged by the US. However, this should be settled between the two," he added.

In response to a question about Iran's continuing process of nuclear activities and approval of Uranium Hexaflouride by the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization head, he said that it is quite natural for Iran to continue its nuclear activities.

"Iran merely volunteered to suspend its fuel cycle production without having any obligations to the effect to build up confidence in the ongoing negotiations.

"Except the fuel cycle, all the national nuclear activities are currently continuing," he concluded.

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