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1/18/04

US after stopping Iran-EU cooperation: Asefi

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said in Tehran on Sunday that some countries, including the United States, make certain remarks to stop cooperation between Iran and Europe, IRNA reported.

"It was clear for us that certain circles, including the Americans were not satisfied with the consensus reached by Iran and the three European states," Asefi told reporters at his weekly press conference.

"We have announced from the beginning that our nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and have outlined our views in talks with various countries including three European states - Britain, France and Germany.

"The report presented by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) proved our remarks," he added.

Asefi, however, noted that Iran and Europe would not stop bilateral cooperation, saying during recent visit by Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani to France, it was stressed that the two sides are determined to promote cooperation.

"Iran has announced that its (nuclear) programs have peaceful nature and it will not ignore its right to access nuclear technology. It is our nation's right and the Islamic Republic is serious in this regard," the spokesman said.

US State Department spokesman Adam Ereli quoted certain Western diplomats as claiming that Iran is purchasing several equipment for uranium enrichment projects and said Iran's breaches of its commitments towards the IAEA would be taken seriously.

Asked about the likelihood for the Majlis to ratify the Additional Protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty under its current situation, Asefi said, "Majlis has nothing to do with the issue. Primary arrangements should be made, the government should ratify them and then they would be presented to the Majlis."

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