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Iran says Iraq payment of war reparations still on agenda

Tehran, May 20, IRNA-Iran announced Friday that it will continue to pursue the payment of reparations by Iraq for imposing the eight-year war of 1980-1988, stressing that the issue will be raised at the due time.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi told IRNA that certain important outstanding issues pertaining to Iraq's imposed war against Iran, particularly the issue of reparations, will remain in the agenda of the Iranian government.

Asefi, speaking in reaction to the recent remarks by the Iraqi government spokesman, said the war was the fruit of the hostile policies of Saddam Hussain and the Baath regime.

However, he stressed that Iran will not forgo the issue of reparations which have resulted because of the war.

"The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran cannot ignore the undeniable rights of its citizens who have suffered numerous losses in this war," he said.

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