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Iran's plan to produce centrifuge parts, a legitimate right: FM

Tehran, July 1, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Mexico City on Wednesday Iran's plan to produce centrifuge parts is the country's legitimate right in the context of the Islamic Republic's international commitments.

He told a joint press conference with Mexican counterpart Luis Ernesto Derbez that Iran is determined to make peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Since Europeans did not fulfill their commitments to help close the file of Iran's nuclear activities with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), therefore Tehran has no commitment with regards to cessation of production of centrifuge parts, he added.

All Iran's nuclear activities are under IAEA supervision, he said adding that Tehran is determined to continue its cooperation with the agency.

On Iraq, he expressed his pleasure with transfer of power to Iraqis and referred to it as a step forward to Iraqi national sovereignty.

The new government has not been elected by people, he said stressing that the interim government has a great responsibility to pave the way for democratic elections.

Tehran will cooperate with the new government as it did with the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC), Kharrazi said adding that cooperation will continue with the new government to draw up new Iraqi Constitution and hold democratic elections.

Urging the United Nations to help Iraq, the Iranian foreign minister expressed the hope that elections will be held in due time.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to play key role as Iraq's neighboring state, he added.

On possibility of continuation of conflicts in Iraq, he said Tehran is not concerned over such matters inside Iraq.

"Iraqis are brave and intelligent people and have repeatedly proved this," he said adding that they have "great politicians and religious leaders" who are capable of solving the existing problems through unity and solidarity.

"The unity of the Iraqi people will benefit the entire world", Kharrazi stated.

Terming his talks with senior Mexican officials as constructive and fruitful, he said both Iran and Mexico are two developing countries which hold independent diplomatic and international stand.

Meanwhile, Derbez said that both Iran and Mexico are interested in expansion of all-out bilateral cooperation.

Mexican President Vincent Fox Quesada has invited his Iranian counterpart President Mohammad Khatami to visit Mexico, he announced adding that the visit will pave the way for expansion of bilateral ties.

Tehran-Mexico City political, economic and cultural cooperation was discussed during several meetings held between Mexican officials and the Iranian delegation, he noted.

Kharrazi, heading a delegation arrived in Mexico on Monday on an official visit.

Kharrazi will then proceed to Cuba to discuss expansion of Tehran-Havana relations as well as regional and international developments with senior Cuban officials.

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