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Kharrazi: Iran's nuclear program fully transparent

Tehran, May 7, IRNA-- Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi described in Copenhagen Thursday Tehran's nuclear program as "completely transparent" and said that Iran is fully cooperating with the international nuclear watchdog IAEA.

Kharrazi made the remarks in a press conference in Denmark's capital city on Thursday after holding talks with his Danish counterpart Per Stig Moeller.

The Iranian foreign minister said different countries must pay attention to the report of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohammad Elbaradei on Iran's nuclear program which says there is no sign or evidence of Iran's involvement in developing weapons of mass destruction.

Noting that the Islamic Republic of Iran was working with the three European countries of Germany, France and Britain, the Iranian minister expressed hope that the file of Iran's nuclear program would be closed soon and that Denmark would also support activities of the three European countries.

However, he stressed that possession of nuclear technology and involvement in peaceful atomic activities are the "legitimate" and "indisputable" rights of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Asking for more details of his talks with the Danish foreign minister, Kharrazi told reporters that he also explained Tehran's views on Iraq's developments and noted that Tehran considers the withdrawal of foreign troops as the first step for restoring of peace to that country.

he said that the two also discussed Iran's domestic affairs in their talks including the recently held elections in the country, promotion of democracy and the country's human rights situation.

The Iranian minister noted that the process of promoting democracy in Iran would not be stopped and instead it would be strongly followed by the people.

Referring to the issue of human rights in Iran, Kharrazi said what is highly significant in this regard, is that human rights must be observed in every country of the world and that it should by no means be considered selectively or with political motives or double standards.

Kharrazi said that he used the opportunity and asked his Danish counterpart to discuss the issue of human rights with the US officials too, referring to what has recently happened in Iraq (abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib Prison near Baghdad) or what is always happening in the occupied Palestine.

He urged his Danish counterpart too to tell them (The US officials) that Iraq and Palestine are examples of blatant human rights violations and injustice.

The Iranian minister also welcomed the idea of Iran-EU talks on human rights and said that Tehran is ready to hold such talks with the European Union in order to make the EU more familiar with Iran's realities.

Responding to a question on the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), Kharrazi said it is a terrorist group, the name of which was in the lists of the terrorist groups in the US and EU.

However, he added that Tehran has said that all ordinary members of the MKO could return to Iran but their leaders must be handed over to face justice and be punished for their crimes against Iranians.

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