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EU against putting Iran under pressure: Rowhani

Tehran, Sept 8, IRNA -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani said in Tehran on Wednesday that the head of the European Union is against putting Iran under pressures and threats and opposes the country's isolation.

Talking to reporters at Mehrabad International Airport upon his arrival from the Netherlands, Rowhani assessed the remarks by the Netherlands prime minister, who chairs the rotating presidency of the EU, as very important and fundamental which would be the base for Iran-EU talks.

"We have had a good cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the IAEA's recent report proves it," he said.

"All issues between Iran and the agency have been almost settled since the past year and only minor issues are remained," he added.

"Except for the nuclear issue, Iran's ties with the European Union was completely discussed and we held negotiations with the EU based on a 10-Article strategic plan," he said, explaining about his visit to Europe.

He added, "They promised us to raise nuclear negotiations in the next meeting in Brussels."

He cited creating necessary coordination for September meeting in Brussels as among important goals of his visit to the Netherlands and his meetings with prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.

The SNSC secretary stressed that all reports presented by the others on Iran's military nuclear activities have been rejected in the agency's recent report.

He pointed to the EU's report on the status of human rights in Iran and noted that the Islamic Republic has always been committed to human rights based on Islamic principles and has held negotiations with the European Union in this regard and will continue such talks in the future.

Referring to uranium enrichment, pollution and closing the enrichment case, he said, "The agency claims there still remain certain ambiguities on key issue of pollution and P2 and believes there are still questions in this regard.

"I believe political situation has not been prepared for the agency yet to announce the case as close," he said.

The agency's recent report reiterated that pollution is not domestically originated which means Iran have had no military nuclear activities and acted in accordance with regulations, Rowhani stressed.

"The agency confirmed Iran's report on P2," he said.

The United States has failed in its efforts to send Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council over the last year since they have no substantiated legal and technical evidence.

"It is quite clear that if the IAEA's Board of Governors seeks to send Iran's nuclear dossier to the Security Council, it has opted for a political motion.

"I believe the Board of Governors will not damage its independence and dignity to meet the US views," Rowhani noted.

"Iran should have diplomatic ties with all member states of the Board of Governors and continue its political activities with China, Russia and (member states of the) Non-Aligned Movement along with those activities with the Europe," he stressed.

"We lost nothing in negotiations and ties with the Europe in this case and have had certain interests. But the Europe did not keep its promises towards Iran as it was expected," he added.

"Iran regards access to fuel cycle as its legal and logical right and will not abandon it. It tries to follow up this goal in the most appropriate time and in the best possible way."

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