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EC chairman: Iran to continue nuclear confidence-building measures

Tehran, Nov 8, IRNA-Iran's Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Tehran Hideaki Domichi here Tuesday said that Iran would continue confidence-building measures with respect to its peaceful nuclear programs.

He added that confidence-building is a two-sided process and that steps should be taken by both sides towards it.

Meanwhile, Rafsanjani noted, illegal issues and threats should be avoided by either side.

Underlining that the principles and general policies of the ruling system have become stable and are not subject to change, he said, "Though suspension of enrichment by Iran was a confidence-building measure, unfortunately no positive reaction was displayed by the EU negotiators."

Turning to Iran's announcement that continuation of negotiations would provide a good opportunity for reaching a good understanding, he said that the country is prepared to hold talks with the purpose of actual confidence-building.

Rafsanjani pointed to the unlawful approach of the governments of some countries towards Iran's peaceful nuclear activities and their rush decisions on the issue as irrational and said that such measures could inflict irreparable damage on the region and the international system.

He stressed the significance of Iran-Japan ties to both sides and noted, "We should not let the mutual amicable relations be affected by secondary issues. "

For his part, Domichi said that appropriate settlement of Iran's nuclear issue is the most significant factor influencing bilateral ties.

He referred to negotiations and confidence-building as positive steps towards solving the matter and said that his country looks forward to witnessing the improvement of Iran's ties with the international community.

The Japanese diplomat underlined that the concern of some world countries over Iran's nuclear dossier and the country's approach towards some developments is important.

Domichi hoped that the general efforts currently underway to resume nuclear negotiations and remove concerns would come to fruition.

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