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2/6/05

FM Spokesman: Iran in no need for go-between in ties with US

Tehran, Feb 6, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi stressed that Iran is in no need of go-between in its relations with the United States.

He made the remarks in his weekly press briefing here Sunday.

Referring to the recent proposals of Australian and Pakistani prime ministers to act as go-between in Iran-US relations, he said the proposals were inspired by the two officials' good will to help remove tensions.

However, he noted, Iran was of the opinion that the US views regarding Iran should be changed.

In answer to a question regarding the visit of Palestinian Authority Abu Mazen to Tehran, the spokesman said that the Palestinian embassy in Tehran had informed the Foreign Ministry of the Palestinian official's interest in visiting Iran which was warmly welcomed by Iranian officials.

He further referred to the recent visit of the head of Fatah Movement Farouk Kaddoumi to Iran and pointed to Iran's friendly relations with all Palestinian groups.

Asked to comment whether the recent remarks of US officials really aimed at tarnishing the election atmosphere in Iran, he said the Americans pursued many objectives in their remarks only one of which could be to influence the domestic issues in Iran.

Answering another question on Iraqi elections, Asefi noted that Iran looked at the event as a victory for the Iraqi nation because it believed the election was the pre-stage of the foreign forces' withdrawal from the country which would lead to establishment of peace there.

He also congratulated the Iraqi nation over holding elections in a country which has suffered years of suppression under the Saddam Hussein's rule.

On Iran-Russia agreement on nuclear fuel, he said the two countries have signed a preliminary agreement and were working to finalize it.

Asefi rejected the rumors that the International Atomic Energy Agencies (IAEA) has requested another visit to Iran's Parchin nuclear site and said no request of the kind has been submitted to Iran.

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