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Rowhani: We'll never compromise our dignity, independence, know-how

Kermanshah, Feb 3, IRNA -- Iran's Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and top nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani said here Thursday Iran will never compromise its independence, dignity and technical know-how but is fully determined to take the right path in dealing with the world.

"Our economy cannot be introvert and a number of our developing projects have come to a standstill due to lack of national resources," said Rowhani in a meeting with a group of provincial officials.

Referring to the US adverse publicity against Iran's peaceful nuclear technology, Rowhani said, "We do our utmost to maintain our independence and we would resolve the nuclear issue on a day if lose our independence."

"We have never been attempting to develop nuclear weapons and the idea has no room in our defense strategy," he underlined.

Iran's nuclear issue has been the most complicated legal and technical dossier throughout history, he said, adding that the country should act based on wisdom to proceed with the dossier, safeguard national security and take advantage of the existing opportunities, he said.

Iran's negotiations on nuclear technology have been conducted under supervision of the country's top officials, said Rowhani, adding that "We've successfully foiled many plots hatched against us but we should keep in mind that our enemy is powerful and leaves effective impacts on countries engaged in nuclear negotiations with Iran."

On Iraq's elections, Rowhani said the high turn-out of the Iraqi nation under the present circumstances proves that they are thirsty for their national sovereignty.

He expressed the hope that formation of national assembly in Iraq would give way to powerful presence of the public on the scene to decide their fate and to preparation of the ground for foreign troop pullout.

Mousavian calls on EU to deliver on Paris Agreement

London, Feb 3, IRNA -- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council's foreign policy committee, Hossein Mousavian, said Thursday that it was time for the European Union to deliver on its Paris Agreement with Iran.

"We have not yet seen considerable progress in our co-operation and no incentives in political, security, technological, economic and nuclear fields," Mousavian said.

In an interview with the Financial Times, he expressed concern that European countries had not delivered on the commitments made in last November's agreement, which is aimed at reaching long-term arrangements on Iran's nuclear programme.

"We are determined to carry out the Paris agreement and are thoroughly committed to it," Iran's top nuclear negotiator said, adding that he expected the talks with the European Union countries to end by June.

But he criticized the pace of the negotiations, led by Britain, France and Germany, saying, "The talks so far do not indicate serious determination of Europeans to achieve any results quickly."

"Now it is time to deliver something to Iranian public opinion and nation," Mousavian said in reference to the commitments made by the EU in return for Iran suspending the enrichment of uranium.

With regard to suspicions that the EU was coordinating policy with the US and artificially dragging out the negotiations, he warned that if this was the case "then we would have a crisis of trust with Europe", he said.

The member of the Supreme National Security Committee suggested that Iran would not object to the US joining the talks with the three EU countries, but said Washington should "finally put aside their hostilities and decrease tensions."

But he conceded that that the prospects of a thaw in relations between Washington and Tehran were "not good."

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