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Iranian FM Speaker: King Abdullah II's recent remarks revise Jordan's approach

Tehran, Jan 9, IRNA -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi on Sunday referred to the recent remarks of Jordan's King Abdullah II as an adjustment of his country's former approach.

Speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference, he added that the officials of various countries are expected to express what they actually think to avoid misinterpretation of their remarks.

In response to a question about the remarks of President Jacques Chirac of France about Iran's right to use peaceful nuclear technology based on the international laws, he noted, "We believe that the international laws should be enforced such as not to allow the rights of any country to be violated.

"We insist on our undeniable rights to peaceful application of nuclear technology and will not compromise on it."

Concerning the repeated claims and charges raised against Iran and Syria by Iraq's interim defense minister, Hazim Shalan, and the scenario on cooperation with Iran's intelligence service, he said that it is not worth responding.

"We believe that the so-called Mohammedean Corps which has been formed by the former Baathist is questionable. Even the individual has admitted the corps has declared that he was a colonel under Saddam Hussein's Baathist regime. The Islamic Republic of Iran has nothing to do with this organization.

"Given the upcoming elections in Iraq most likely to end up with Shalan's failure, he is quite exasperated. That is why he brings up such charges," he added.

Asefi referred to Iraqis' scenario as primitive and unacceptable and recommended them to consult with experts to make them appear more acceptable since such irrelevant remarks hardly ever make sense.

In reply to a reporter's question who referred to the significance of Iran's presidential elections which has overshadowed the national foreign policy and President Chirac's warning against Iran on Friday, he said that despite its importance, the upcoming balloting has not influenced the country's foreign policy.

About President Chirac's remarks, he noted that he did not specifically refer to Iran. "He rather meant that all countries are equired to remain committed to their pledges. We believe that such commitment should be mutual and the countries legal rights to application of peaceful nuclear technology should be officially recognized."

Asked about the delay in signing an agreement with Russia on return of spent nuclear fuel to Russia which has been underway for quite a while, he said that it is still on the agenda and added that there is not yet any specific schedule to the effect.

About the delay in signing of such an agreement due to the recent meeting between the head of the Russian atomic energy agency with his US counterpart, he said, "All the world political and economic officials hold talks. What matters is the outcome of the negotiations."

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