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4/29/05

Iranian FM says talks with Dutch FM constructive

Tehran, April 29, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in The Hague Thursday negotiation with his Dutch counterpart Bernard Bot was constructive.

Addressing a short press conference, Kharrazi added he had held talks with Bot on political, economic, nuclear, human rights, and terrorism fields.

Kharrazi said recent nuclear development was among the subjects he discussed with his opposite number.

The Iranian minister expressed hope "tangible results" would come out of Friday's meeting in London, saying otherwise his country would choose "other options." He said Iran and the Netherlands have reached consensus to expand their commercial cooperation.

Kharrazi termed as important the two sides' human rights negotiations, regretting that human rights are frequently violated in Europe, but the officials are indifferent.

Shifting to terrorism, the visiting minister said Al-Qaeda's terrorist acts and the Lebanese Hizbollah's move for freedom should be distinguished.

"Hizbollah will keep on resisting as long as occupation exists," stressed the ranking official.

Asked about the steering committee's talks in London, Kharrazi said, "Diplomats never lose their hopes. We hope to get palpable results because we do not like lengthened and fruitless negotiations." He emphasized his country had stopped uranium enrichment temporarily, adding, "We have good cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"We have offered our proposals to the Europeans and made our decisions stage by stage." Kharrazi said negotiations have made good progress, but Iran faces time limitation.

Most of problems have not been solved by the IAEA while inspections are underway, said the minister adding, "No one is allowed to ignore our inalienable right."

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