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8/27/05

Larijani: Iran respects commitment to IAEA, NPT

Vienna, Aug 27, IRNA-Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said that Iran respects its commitment to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He said that Iran has been working for confidence building with the international community in the past three years and will not exclude negotiations about stand-off with IAEA Board of Governors to three European states.

He said that nuclear talks with IAEA's 35-nation Board of Governors should include all members of the board including Non-Aligned Movement and other Asian states which are sympathetic to Iran's national program for civilian use of nuclear energy, citing China, Russia and South Africa as examples.

Larijani said that Iran prefers to hold talks with IAEA as the only party concerning Non-Proliferation Treaty and will gradually replace France, Britain and Germany with other members of Board of Governors such as China, Russia and South Africa.

"Experience of the past two years proved that the European states could not adopt independent policy on Iranian stand-off with Board of Governors," Larijani said.

He told reporters that fossil fuel will run out one day and the generations to come will need nuclear energy, adding that the nuclear powers especially the US have attempted to form 'Atomic Apartheid' and make every effort to set up an 'Atomic OPEC'.

"They want to establish monopoly on nuclear energy and a cartel for nuclear fuel by depriving other nations of the right to acquire nuclear technology for civilian use," Larijani said.

He said that producing nuclear fuel is a matter of necessity and that resumption of uranium conversion facility (UCF) in Isfahan has been made under supervision of the UN specialized agency.

"Iran never close the door for negotiations and do not hesitate to give objective guarantees that Iranian nuclear program will not be diverted to produce bomb," he said.

He said that Iran is not willing to see its nuclear program referred to United Nations Security Council, but, it is not afraid of such an action.

Commenting on strategy of Iran about nuclear program, he said that Iran aims to have fuel cycle in line with NPT and will not spend time on lengthy and fruitless negotiations.

Asked by CNN whether Iran wants to produce bomb, he said that Iran does not want to produce nuclear arms.

Responding to a question about possible US military action against Iran, he said that American government is not aware of the Iranian people's intelligence capability.

"The nation will react strongly to any threat," he said.

He said that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's initiative will help get negotiations out of the current standstill.

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