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Iran rejects EU deadline for Iran

Tehran, Sept 12, IRNA -- Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Sunday rejected setting any deadline by the European Union for Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, stressing there exists no secret issue in this respect.

Talking to foreign and domestic reporters, Asefi said Iran's talks with the Europe are proceeding in a good atmosphere and the visit by Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani to Europe, held in a very clear and constructive atmosphere, took place to this effect.

"We have patiently settled over 95 percent of issues regarding Iran's nuclear dossier and we think that the very limited remaining issues will be also resolved," he said.

"We have had good cooperation with the (International Atomic Energy) Agency and the Europe and will continue such cooperation but we know the United States tries to show that talks were fruitless in order to prolong the crisis."

Responding to a question saying Iran did not allow IAEA's inspectors to visit Parchin site, the spokesman added, "They told us nothing officially in this regard but we launched preliminary talks.

"These are minor issues. We have very important issues to talk about."

He pointed to certain reports on concessions to Europe and noted that Iran launched major talks with Europe and is currently engaged in these deliberations.

"We are ready to assure Europe that Iran uses nuclear technology in a peaceful way and to give full guarantee in the framework of the NPT.

Efforts to prevent Iran's access to peaceful nuclear technology are fruitless since "We have already achieved the technology and have peaceful nuclear technology."

"Using atomic weapons has no place in Iran's doctrine," Asefi said, stressing that using atomic weapons are religiously prohibited in Iran.

"This is a religious decree by the Supreme Leader and no group in the country thinks about achieving such weapons."

Asked about the possibility of sending Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council, the spokesman stressed, "We do not expect Iran's case be referred to the Security Council during the agency's upcoming visit since there is no reason for it."

He pointed to the US reports about Iran's access to yellow cake and said that the issue has nothing to do with enrichment and suspension.

"Yellow cake is not an important issue. It can be seen wherever its mines exist," he said, adding "Yellow cake issue was not a secret case and we have informed the agency about it."

"We are committed to voluntary suspension and will inform the IAEA on whatever activities Iran will implement," he further stated.

Referring to Zionist regime's claims on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and supported by certain European officials over such claims, Asefi said, "We have announced since the beginning that America and Israel should not be allowed to disturb our cooperation with the agency.

"We see no rights for Israel in this field. How dare this regime give opinion in this matter while it possesses nuclear weapons and is not a member of Non-Proliferation Treaty and jeopardizes peace and security in the region?"

The official urged European states and the international community not to play into the hands of the Zionist regime.

Asefi pointed to recent remarks by certain Iraqi officials saying the Iraqi delegation, during a recent visit to Tehran, presented documents on Iran's interference in that country's internal affairs and said "We received no documents by the Iraqi delegation indicating Iran's interference in Iraq's internal affairs.

"What the Iraqi side announced in Iran was their request for Iran's cooperation to establish security in Iraq.

"We voiced our readiness and consider stability in Iraq as our own stability."

He stressed that the issue of presenting documents has not been raised in meetings with Iraqi officials.

Asked about a meeting between dissident Kurds opposing the Iranian government with leaders of Kurd parties in Iraq's Kurdistan, he noted that such negotiations have no practical value and are not important to the country.

"We have good relations with our Kurds and respect them and thus there are no grounds for any concerns," he underlined.

Referring to double standard attitude of certain European states regarding the terrorist group Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO), the spokesman said, "We do not accept dual attitude of any country on terrorism and Mujahedeen, and expect European countries to confront this group which has actually acted with extreme violence and perpetrated countless crimes."

Asefi further said, "We have new initiatives in talks with the Europe. We have broad negotiations with them. Vast potentials of Iran and Europe should not be focused on one or two issues. Talks on broad-based cooperation and comprehensive talks in various fields can meet the interest of Iran and the Europe and serve national security.

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