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US meddling in others' affairs contributing to the spread of terrorism: Iranian official

The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani here on Thursday blamed US efforts to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries for deteriorating terrorism situation worldwide, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Rowhani said the fact that the US is using other countries as its base for promoting tyranny as well as the torture of Iraqi prisoners have also had a major contribution to the spread of terrorism.

He said the Islamic Republic of Iran has always announced the US-led campaign against terrorism is a "bogus slogan", adding that the roots of terrorism -- which he named as tyranny and injustice -- must be addressed.

Rowhani, in a speech at a meeting with the people of Semnan, said Washington's current policies toward the issue of terrorism would increase the hatred of the world toward the US.

He said that Iran has adopted an independent stance toward regional and global developments within the frameworks of its own policies.

Rowhani further stressed that Iran has been able to successfully stay away from threats, and praised Iran's prudent positions toward world developments.

He said US officials have always been looking for pretexts to attack Iran, but voiced pleasure that they have not been successful in this regard.

On nuclear issues, Rowhani said that the US had created a ballyhoo about Iran's nuclear energy program so as to lead Iran into a crisis, stressing that the Islamic Republic has managed to avoid crisis.

He said Iran has never been pursuing nuclear arms, adding that Iran is trying to be independent in terms of nuclear fuel supplies.

On Iran-EU negotiations, Rowhani said that Europeans have fulfilled several of their promises, adding that a European delegation is due to visit Iran within the next few days for talks on selling a research atomic reactor.

He said Iran has no concerns as long as the Iranian nation support the Islamic establishment, stressing that Iran's ultimate objective is to attain peaceful nuclear technology.

Rowhani said that Iran's upcoming presidential elections is a very important event, adding that elections can play a significant role in country's development, dignity and independence.

He added that the elections should be turned into a source of people's unity and happiness to encourage them show a strong turnout at the polls.

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