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Iran will stop confidence-building if nuclear case sent to UNSC: Rowhani

Tehran, March 5, IRNA -- Iran will stop all confidence-building measures if its nuclear case sent to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Iran's top nuclear chief said.

Addressing the International Conference on Nuclear Technology and Sustainable Development here Saturday, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani added Iran will reach an agreement with the Europeans if the US stops imposing pressure.

"We think the European countries do not intend to deprive Iran from its absolute rights.

"The Europe knows if it deprives Iran from its absolute rights, it will lose its international position. In that case, Europe's prestige will come under question in the public opinion," he said.

He stressed continuation of talks with Europe and stated, "Europe will make efforts to behave wisely in this international experience. We are optimistic over the outcomes of talks with Europe.

"Iran will be committed to all international rules on non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and as a country which has been the victim of weapons of mass destruction, attaches special respect to these regulations."

In addition, the Iranian nation will not tolerate use of weapons of mass destruction due to their religious and moral beliefs, the SNSC secretary said, adding Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has issued a religious decree in this regard.

Rowhani stressed that any success achieved in negotiations with Europe would be in the interests of the region and the world, saying, "If such talks fail due to the US pressure and Iran's nuclear case be sent to the UN Security Council, the regional security will face problems."

He noted that Iran presented a wise formula in talks with the European states (Germany, France and Britain) to reach serious and real guarantees and said, "We have big access to such formulas which will materialize serious guarantees and remove concerns."

He expressed hope that Iran would reach an agreement with the three European states on one of such formulas in the near future.

"In our talks with the Europeans, we will continue our active diplomacy to materialize our legal and absolute rights within the framework of peaceful regulations."

The nuclear chief cited safeguarding technical achievements on peaceful nuclear fields and promotion of and respect for international regulations and institutions as among Iran's important goals in talks with the Europeans.

"Iran has completed all necessary steps for nuclear fuel production to be used in its nuclear power plants. The Islamic Republic has the potential and technology for fuel production," Rowhani stressed.

He said signing the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its voluntary implementation are aimed to build confidence and prove Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

"Only international regulations can guarantee international relations and prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. What we want is the precise implementation of NPT and its regulations."

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