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Foreign Minister: No deviation from Iran's peaceful nuclear program

Tehran, June 11, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said here on Saturday that there is no deviation from Iran's peaceful nuclear program and Tehran will undertake no new commitment to this end.

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Speaking at a press conference here on Saturday, Kharrazi said Iran will accept no new undertaking and Europeans should act on their pledges. "Failure of the plan is failure of all," Kharrazi said.

The Minister went on to say that acceptance of the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and allowing inspection of all its nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) inspectors have all aimed at proving the fact that Iran attempts to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and there is no deviation from the country' peaceful nuclear program aiming to obtain nuclear weapons.

The Minister said Iran will not accept any new obligation and if Europeans want to continue their cooperation they should act on their pledges.

He said Iran decided to cooperate with the international community for removal of disputes and trust building on condition that European party keep its promises.

He stressed that the meetings held in Tehran and Brussels had clarified the commitments of Iran and Europe. He added that the two sides' adherence to their commitments would guarantee continued cooperation between the two sides.

Asked to comment on a resolution by European trio on Iran's nuclear program, Kharrazi said that absolutely, the Non-Aligned group of states have their own opinion on the draft.

The foreign minister said Iran has also its own views on the issue.

Kharrazi said failure of the peaceful nuclear project of Iran would mean failure of Europe and the IAEA.

Any success in Iranian peaceful nuclear program would be evident only within framework of trilateral cooperation, he added.

Iran is entitled to peaceful use of nuclear energy and would never compromise its right, stressing its legitimate right for peaceful use of nuclear energy, said Kharrazi.

He stressed that Iran's nuclear program is transparent, saying that regrettably, considerable time is spent on verification of certain minor issues under pressure from such countries as the US.

This, he added, runs counter to the spirit of cooperation between Tehran and the IAEA.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for further cooperation in order to prove transparency of its activities and to build up confidence on the issue, said Kharrazi.

Elsewhere in the interview, Kharrazi said Americans are accusing Iran of purchasing magnet, which a "minor and worthless" issue.

He said magnet has triggered a hot debate between Iran and America at the IAEA.

He quoted Iran's IAEA envoy as telling Americans at the Agency that naturally, the magnet which is sold for two to three dollars cannot be purchased in retail, but in bulk.

The purchase of 4,000 magnets is not too important to cause a controversy, said Kharrazi.

As for contamination of imported kits, it should be said that all related disputes, except a 36 percent contamination, have been solved.

That's the IAEA's duty to contact a third country to find out the reason for contamination of imported parts to Iran, said Kharrazi.

He said two cases of contamination and P2 are the main bone of contention in Iran's dossier, said Kharrazi.

It is fair to put Iran's case on the IAEA's agenda just for two unimportant issues, he said.

Any success in the case would be dependent on Europe's independence, said Kharrazi.

Europe's movement in line with America's wishes in the upcoming meeting of IAEA Board of Governors and its attempt to prevent Tehran-IAEA cooperation would mean its lack of dependence, he added.

He said Iran's Majlis and officials would decide on continuation of Tehran-IAEA cooperation.

He also ruled out claims that Iran exported nuclear fuel.

He said Iran is able to produce so much nuclear fuel as to meet the needs of its power plants.

This does not however mean that Iran produces nuclear fuel at present, he added.

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