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President Khatami: Improvement of Iran-Egypt ties needs time

President Mohammad Khatami said that given the current favorable Iran-Egypt relations, further measures towards its improvement should be taken step by step and hoped that the issues of bilateral concern will be settled while the interests of both sides are protected, IRNA reported from Tehran.

In response to a reporter's question, at the end of today's cabinet meeting, about the US administrators remarks about Iran, the president said that the Americans are still threatening Iran.

Turning to the humanitarian aid of the foreign states including the US provided on the occasion of the killer earthquake in Bam city which claimed thousands of lives and levelled the area, he expressed appreciation for all relief and rescue measures no matter by whom they were taken.

The chief executive hoped that the recent developments will bring about major changes in the US faulty policies and that it would stop its charges against Iran.

Pointing to the US accusation that Iran attempts to access nuclear weapons, the president said, "We have signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) additional protocol and if the US has a good will, it should dismiss its charges against Iran.

"Besides it should confirm Iran's legal rights to access nuclear technology towards peaceful applications under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA)."

... Payvand News - 1/12/04 ... --

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