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Iranian official: I am optimistic about resumption of nuclear negotiations with EU3

Pretoria, Oct 20, IRNA-Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said in Pretoria on Wednesday, "Islamic Republic of Iran is not pessimistic about resumption of nuclear negotiations with the EU3, but it does not permit the others to draw the outlines of talks and to impose it against Iran.

Reacting to optimistic comments regarding resumption of Iran's nuclear negotiations in recent days, Larijani said, "I, too, am optimistic about resuming of talks, and sincerely hope this would be the case."

Talking to IRNA Wednesday evening in Pretoria, he added, "We, too, believe pursuing the process of talks is a better way for solving the problem."

He meanwhile emphasized, "Negotiations need to be goal-oriented and organized within a logical framework so that the Iranian nation could after a while feel it is capable of achieving its rights through pursuing these negotiations."

Larijani reiterated, "The important point for us is recognition of this natural right for Iran to take peaceful advantage of the nuclear energy, that is definitely not a right exclusively for Iran, since all IAEA member states, and counties that have signed NPT can enjoy that right.

He reiterated, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has met all its commitments toward the IAEA and quite naturally expects that the Iranian nation's right in the field of nuclear technology should be preserved."

Secretary of Iran's SNSC further focussing on favorable conditions for Iran for resumption of nuclear negotiations, said, "As I earlier mentioned, negotiations need to be goal-oriented and pursued within a logical framework."

He added, "Such a framework cannot be devised by others for Iran, but to be pursued within the rules and regulations that are devised for all countries, including Iran."

He warned, "If a set of particular rules and regulations are to be devised for each country, the result would be emergence of as many sets of nuclear rules and regulations as the number of countries in the world, and the result would be anarchy in international legal system."

Larijani said, "All countries should respect the international laws and the ups and downs observed in the course of Iran's nuclear negotiations show that this is not a field for playing tricks." He reiterated, "Iran has paved this path frankly and its efforts are aimed at creating the favorable conditions for establishment of mutual trust in the course of the negotiations and all engaged sides, too, should bear in mind the need to observe transparency in this business."

The SNSC secretary considered the result of Iran's lobbying with different countries after the IAEA Broad of Governors's September Resolution against Iran as "positive', arguing, "Different countries, including Russia, China, and South Africa agreed with Iran on its righteous stands in those talks."

He added, "Even the EU has in its recent communique expressed hope for resumption of talks, and we, too, have in our official communique announced our readiness to resume talks in order to materialize our people's rights."

Larijani said, "In the course of lobbying pursued so far we have noticed various countries' interest in resumption of talks, although we have heard varying opinions regarding the issue, and of course, we, too welcome resumption of negotiations aimed at materializing the Iranian nation's nuclear rights."

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