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Iran: Involvement in Bam relief operations reason for rejecting US offer to send delegation

Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said on Monday that Iran turned down US offer to send a delegation led by Senator Elizabeth Dole to Iran owing to involvement in Bam relief operations and it should not be related to other matters, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Ramezanzadeh also dismissed any link between the US offer and the domestic politics.

Asked about the need to study Iran-US relations in the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), the spokesman said that the topic is under study by the respective organs and they may announce their views if they deem necessary.

A reporter asked whether President Khatami will disclose existence of anti-reform headquarters, Ramezanzadeh said that the president may express his views about politics whenever necessary.

On Tehran-Cairo relations, He said that bilateral relations have gained momentum since President Khatami and President Hosni Mubarak held a meeting in Geneva last December and that the two countries are willing to remove their differences in line with mutual interest and regional stability.

Answering a question on Egyptian mediation between Tehran and Washington, Ramezanzadeh said he is unaware of that.

In response to a question about the US humanitarian help to the quake-stricken people of Bam, he said the earthquake followed by the humanitarian help from all over the world and the United States did its part in this respect with the positive step of lifting sanctions. "Of course Tehran-Washington relations are complicated and full of problems which require appropriate time and atmosphere."

On transfer of the administrative capital from Tehran, he said it has been under study since 1989 and the experts believe that since Tehran is located on the seismic fault-line, it requires national resolve to transfer the capital from Tehran.

The Management and Planning Organization (MPO) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development have been required to announce their expert studies in this respect within two months, he said.

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