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FM spokesman: Iran continuing suspension of uranium enrichment

Tehran, Sept 5, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi stressed that Iran was still going on with its commitment to suspend uranium enrichment. Making the remarks in his weekly press briefing Sunday, he said secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani will leave Tehran for the Netherlands on Monday.

The Netherlands holds the rotatory presidency of the European Union (EU) at present.

He also pointed that Iran has already agreed to take certain measures in return for the commitments the Europeans assume regarding closing of Iran's file at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

However, he added, the point should be clarified that Iran was still committed to its promise to suspend uranium enrichment.

The Europeans should understand that manufacturing parts is a topic totally different from uranium enrichment.

Touching upon the IAEA report which is due to be presented to the upcoming IAEA meeting, Asefi commented that the report could have been compiled in a more conclusive and comprehensive manner.

At the same time, he went on to say, it clarifies many points and Europe should consider it carefully even though it falls short from considering many realities.

On the contents of the IAEA report, the spokesman said that it, at the first place, appreciates Iran's cooperation especially in the past few months which illustrates Iran's sincerity and transparency.

The report further referred to uranium transformation activities in Isfahan and enrichment through laser, he continued.

Asefi remarked that the vague points about the sources of contamination have also been removed by the report which stresses that the contaminations were imported into the country from foreign sources.

This makes the allegation of Iran's conducting activities outside the domain of its authority an irrelevant one, he asserted.

He said Iran expected its file to be closed in the upcoming IAEA meeting but unfortunately it was said that the IAEA needed more time to decide.

According to the spokesman, the report in a general view proves that Iran has been very transparent, straight and clear in its dealings with the IAEA which, he believed, was sufficient for world public opinion to judge fairly on the case.

Answering to a question on the probability of referral of Iran's case to the United Nations Security Council, Asefi expressed his belief that the case was definitely over unless US refused to abide by international laws.

He stressed that even in that case the international community could judge for itself and said Tehran believed the case could easily be settled among Iran, Europe and the IAEA.

Another question was posed to the spokesman on chances of Iran's adopting more radical positions if its file fails to be closed at the IAEA to which Asefi answered that Iran acted according to its national interests and expressed the hope the IAEA would go on with its duties independently and free from political pressures.

He said such an independent and expert attitude on the part of the IAEA would pave the way for enhancement of cooperation between Iran and the European countries.

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