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6/23/04

British envoy, Iranian MP review latest developments in Iraq

Tehran, June 23, IRNA -- British Ambassador to Tehran Richard Dalton discussed regional and international issues with head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi here Wednesday.

At the meeting, Boroujerdi criticized the approach taken by the three European big powers (Britain, France and Germany) towards Iran's nuclear programs in the recent session of IAEA's Board of Governors.

Iran's public opinion and parliamentarians expected the Board to take a more realistic attitude towards Iran and not yield to the increasing pressures of foreign powers, Boroujerdi said.

Denouncing last Friday's resolution adopted by the IAEA's Board of Governors against Iran which deplored what it called "lack of Iran's full cooperation with the IAEA", the Iranian MP said that international cooperation requires mutual confidence.

He further noted that by welcoming the UN inspectors to Iran, Tehran has repeatedly assured the IAEA that it was seeking peaceful use of nuclear energy and called on the Europeans to fulfill the pledges that they had made vis-a-vis Iran in return of its peaceful use of nuclear energy.

The European big trio had pledged to help close Iran's case at the meeting of IAEA's Board of Governors and also to help the country achieve peaceful nuclear technology.

Boroujerdi said that Iran was still repeating its demands and called on the Europeans to keep their promises as soon as possible.

Stressing that Iran was entitled to acquire peaceful nuclear technology based on international laws and regulations, Boroujerdi noted that the Islamic Republic was determined to reach its goals in this regard.

Referring to the latest developments in Iraq, Boroujerdi also called for prompt transfer of power to the Iraqi people.

Dalton, for his part, agreed to Boroujerdi's idea that all world countries had the right to acquire peaceful nuclear technology and said that Europe preserved such a right for Iran too but at the same time expected it to have further and continuous cooperation with UN nuclear watchdog.

Briefing the Iranian MP on the latest developments in Iraq, the British ambassador expressed hope that security and order would be restored to the country after the full sovereignty of Iraq is transferred to the Iraqi people in January 2005.

Dalton also hoped that there would be no need for the presence of any foreign forces in Iraq after the people take over power next year.

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