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Majlis terms Iran-Europe talks as positive

Tehran, Nov 2, IRNA -- Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel on Tuesday stressed that Majlis believes negotiations with the Europe on Iran's nuclear programs are useful but added that no agreement has been made yet on the European proposal.

As to Majlis new approval on Iran's access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and providing the fuel cycle, he told reporters that Majlis stresses that the Islamic Republic system should act independently with regards to use of nuclear technology.

Majlis on Sunday, October 31, overwhelmingly approved the outlines of a bill on gaining access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The bill was discussed in Majlis open session on Sunday upon the request of 50 MPs from the Presiding Board to focus on it as an urgent bill.

Some 238 members of the 290-seat parliament voted in favor of the bill.

Once finally approved, the bill will urge the government to utilize scientists, researchers and facilities to follow up its commitments to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and also towards the countries enjoying this technology that are members of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) with regards to the country's access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

On expectations from Washington on the eve of anniversary of Aban 13, the day in which the former US embassy in Tehran was taken over by the Muslim Students Following the Imam's Line (1979), he said, "We request the US not to intervene in Iran's domestic affairs. We defend our independence against Washington."

Aban 13 (Nov 3) also marks the anniversaries of the exile of Imam Khomeini by the ex-Shah to Turkey (1964), and the Students Day (marking the day in 1978 in which several students taking part in a protest rally against the former Shah were martyred).

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