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Iran: SNSC Secretary says Confidence-building is 1st step in talks with Europeans

Tehran, June 27, IRNA -- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) of Iran Hojatoleslam Hassan Rowhani said here on Sunday that the first step for resumption of new round and long-term talks with Europeans is building up confidence.

Rowhani told reporters after the closed door session of Majlis that the talks aim to prepare the grounds for Iran's easy access to sophisticated nuclear technology.

He said that possibly talks will be held with Europeans on cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He added that the Iranian Majlis has always been actively engaged in highly important issues of the state and in the nuclear case, which is a very important issue and has many political, cultural, social and economic consequences, the guidelines and assistance of the parliament would be highly influential.

The top security official said that SNSC has had good and effective collaboration with former terms of Iranian Majlis and it is expected to have very good cooperation with the 7th term, hoping to attain acceptable outcomes.

Calling as "undeniable" the role of Majlis in process of decision making on nuclear issues, Rowhani said that eventually, the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) should be raised at Majlis in order to be confirmed or rejected by the lawmakers.

"We cannot distance ourselves from public opinion and representatives of the nation and nuclear issue needs consensus among all officials," said Rowhani.

He added that SNSC should have close cooperation with Majlis on the nuclear and other security related issues.

He said Europeans will certainly build up pressures if any decision taken by Iran runs counter to their wishes.

As for request on Iran to suspend its P2 program, Rowhani said Iran had built up and assembled P2 related parts and the P2 project has not been and will not be suspended at all and as before Tehran is in stage of investigating the issue.

Rowhani said that in this phase, Iran has decided to resume building and assembling parts and any future decision in this regard would depend on the prevailing conditions.

As for Iran's cooperation with the big powers, Rowhani said Iran is cooperating with Europe, Russia, China and the Non-Aligned group of states.

He said as a token for the cooperation, reference should be made to pressures built up by Russia, China and the NAM group of countries for changes in clauses seven and eight of the European resolution draft presented to the IAEA Board.

Asked about any attempt on Iran's part to remove problems with the 36 percent contamination, Rowhani said the fault lies with the IAEA. He said the Agency should take more samples to make the case clear.

On content of his letter to the European trio, Rowhani said the letter bears many positive points but the media has reflected only one of its sentence.

The letter, he added, explains how the Tehran declaration was drafted, what are the goals behind long-term talks and why Tehran on February went further.

Also asked whether the IAEA meetings had touched on Israel's nuclear programs, Rowhani said Iran's nuclear case is different from that of Israel. Israel has made violations, produced atomic weapons and acquired nuclear arsenal, he added.

Iran, however, has been subject to unjust allegations of attempt to produce nuclear weapons, he added.

The world has the duty to force Israel but unfortunately, due to special reasons, the US and Europeans are not ready to pressure Israel and this is not restricted to nuclear weapons, rather they refuse to show necessary reactions against massacre of the oppressed Palestinian people and put Israel under pressure, said Rowhani.

Asked whether Iran will continue to stick to its NPT commitments if Europe piles more pressure on the country, Rowhani said that unfortunately, international organizations, including the UN Security Council, the IAEA, and Human Rights Commission, are politicized and under political powers' influence instead of being judicial.

Despite all the pressures, Tehran has had good progress and Iran's case has been restricted to two issues and would not last a long time, he said.

At any rate, the Islamic Republic of Iran will move in line with its national interests at any time depending on the kind of resolution issued in its case.

Asked whether Iran will hold direct talks with the US to solve its nuclear problem, Rowhani said Americans are present at the IAEA and raise their own views.

Iranian officials think there will be no need for any political talks between the two sides, he added.

Asked to comment on monopolization of the nuclear enrichment program, Rowhani said that a committee would be assigned with the task in Vienna, Austria, but any decision by the committee would take a long time.

Asked whether he would run for the next presidential elections, Rowhani said the elections' topic is not yet on the agenda.

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