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Iranian official: Government not intent on imposing censorship on press, media

Tehran, Dec 19, IRNA-Government spokesman, Gholam-Hossein Elham said on Monday said the government does not intend to impose censorship upon the press and media, given its belief that they are well aware of their responsibility for precise dissemination of information and protection of national interests.

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters in his second press conference, in reply to a question about the resolution issued by the UN General Assembly on (80 cases of) human rights violation and whether the government has any plans for organizing the media, he referred to a report released by a domestic media.

"We trust the national media and believe in their unity and convergence with the objective to protect the national interests.

"Besides, the international bodies should be careful not to undermine the value and validity of the legal documents and merely make judgments based on acceptable lawful evidences," he added.

Responding to a question about the impact of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent remarks on the Zionist regime upon Iran-EU3 nuclear negotiations and Europe's preset conditions for continuing such talks, he said that Iran officially tends to focus on its right for access to nuclear technology and fuel cycle without any preconditions.

Stressing that the West's threats will not influence the decision of the Iranian government and nation, he noted, "Today, given that currently we enjoy a good status on the international scene, we can manage to pick up suitable economic and political partners within the framework of international laws.

"Our fundamental approach towards the Israeli issues has been going on for many years and the president, in his remarks, has questioned the West about the consequences of the conduct emphasized by them." The spokesman referred to the emphasis of the West that it has been involved in the crimes against the Jews and said that there is no real evidence in the course of history that such a fact is admitted by anyone to such an extent.

"By addressing the West, Ahmadinejad meant to make them committed to the consequences of such an action. This is a legal and rational comment and admitting any crime would require the culprit to make up for it. The point is that the responsible parties should compensate the relevant damage.

Concerning the government's decision to transfer state companies from Tehran and the high costs of implementing it, he said that such a measure may even generate some income and would not necessarily require any additional expense.

Asked about the steps taken on preventing the outflow of the national capitals to overseas and the relevant soaring figure in recent months, he said that the released information is incorrect.

"The flow of capital is not the same as its outflow and if part of domestic investors make investments in foreign countries and return the benefits to Iran, this is considered a positive investment.

"The government's general policies on supporting the private sector has been on the agenda over the recent months and security of investment, reduction of the government's growing investment and ceding it to the private sector will be followed up in the government's plans," he added.

Elham referred to the successful consequences of the government's serious campaign against administrative and executive corruption and providing for the security of investment and said that according to the relevant laws, proper conditions now exist for investment, attraction of national and international investment.

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