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Iranian FM: EU against referral of Iran's nuke case to UN Security Council

Tehran, Feb 2, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Tehran on Wednesday that Tehran's precondition is that its suspension of uranium enrichment program should be limited and short-term but Europe from the beginning called for a long-term and permanent suspension.

Speaking to a group of parliamentary reporters here on Wednesday, Kharrazi ruled out rumors that Europe had called for referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council.

Kharrazi said, "Europe has not made such a call and has always been trying to solve the issue through negotiations."

He went on to say "Perhaps through this we may be able to get a formula of guarantees acceptable both to us and Europe, thus reaching mutual understanding."

On recent remarks of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei about the Iran-Europe nuclear talks, Kharrazi said that by saying Europe was not serious in the trend of its negotiations with Iran, the Supreme Leader meant that the process cannot continue with Europe wasting time.

He said "we should reach a concrete result as planned and make the case clear."

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Saturday called for resistance against the US threats and bullying.

Speaking to thousands of people on the occasion of Eid Ghadir, the Supreme Leader also insisted on protecting the national interests in the nuclear talks with the Europeans relying on rationality and wisdom.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Reason, rationality, good management and maintaining national interests are the basis of Iran's policy in all international scenes including the nuclear talks."

"In the negotiations with the Europeans, we are serious but the Europeans should prove that they are serious too in solving the problems, but unfortunately the case has not been so yet," the Ayatollah said.

Ayatollah Khamenei advised the Europeans not to be influenced by the Americans and the Zionist regime and said, "Those years that the British ruled the Persian Gulf and Iran are gone and now the Europeans are faced with a great, alert and cultured nation."

"On the other hand, if the Iranian officials sense that the Europeans are not serious, the current process will be changed," Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.

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