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Rowhani: Iran's nuclear activities based on NPT principles

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani Wednesday evening in Paris said Iran's nuclear activities are within the framework of the additional protocol of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), IRNA reported from Tehran.

Addressing a press conference, he said signing the NPT additional protocol is an indication of the Islamic Republic's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Rejecting some reports by western diplomats on Iran's continued uranium enrichment, he said the IAEA is informed that the Islamic Republic has stopped its activities in this field since last November.

On possible US objection to Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, Rowhani said according to the NPT, all countries have the right to peaceful use of nuclear energy.

He further rejected any kind of nuclear cooperation between Iran and Pakistan.

As to some election dispute in Iran, he said there is no major problems and that there are legal channels to solve the problems amicably.

On resumption of ties between Tehran and Washington, Rowhani said such a move calls for several preconditions.

The first step is to reduce the existing tension between the two states, he said adding that the second is that Washington should stop its hostile attitude towards Tehran.

Rowhani arrived in Paris on Tuesday on a three-day visit to discuss Iran-France relations with French officials.

He told IRNA upon arrival that France is an important trade partner to the Islamic Republic, stressing that it is of special significance for Iran among other countries of the European Union (EU).

He said Tehran and Paris currently share common viewpoints on several regional and international issues, stressing that France, together with Germany and Britain, played an important role in resolving the issue of Iran's nuclear energy program.

Rowhani said Iran's cooperation with the EU over its peaceful nuclear energy program is one of the most important issues in Iran-EU relations.

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