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Peaceful nuclear bill urges Iranian government to defend nation's right: Parliament speaker

Tehran, Oct 31, IRNA -- Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel said here Sunday that the bill on getting access to peaceful nuclear technology urged the government not to ignore nation's right to use the technology for peaceful purposes.

Talking to foreign and domestic reporters, he added the bill, approved by Majlis deputies on Sunday, will determine the framework for the Iranian delegation in conducting future negotiations.

"The ratification lightens the atmosphere for wise negotiations," he said.

Asked whether the bill would contradict agreements between the Iranian delegation and the EU big trio (Germany, Britain and France), he stated, "When we set the limits of a playground, we have not banned the game."

"If negotiators reach a consensus that would lead to freezing Iran's access to nuclear technology, the talks were doomed to failure whether the bill approved or not," the speaker stressed.

Based on the bill, Haddad Adel said, the government is obliged not to ignore the Iranian nation's right in getting access to peaceful nuclear energy.

"The bill is not new. This is what we have insisted since the start of negotiations. Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani and other negotiators have also stressed on such an issue," the Tehran MP stated.

Asked about resumption of uranium enrichment activities and the costs Iran would pay, Haddad Adel said, "To us, no cost is dearer than depriving a nation of its inalienable right."

In response to a question on Iran's preparedness for possible sanctions, he stressed, "We are absolutely ready to defend our national interests. Even if Iran's dossier is referred to the UN Security Council, there will be nothing in it to be taken up against Iran."

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