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Iran warns it might quit IAEA - Speaker

Tehran, Aug 13, IRNA-Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel on Sunday warned Iran might quit the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"There will be no reason for us to remain a member of the international bodies and IAEA if our membership is to result in our deprivation from our inalienable rights."

Haddad-Adel was commenting on a resolution passed last week by the United Nations Security Council against Iran's nuclear case.

Addressing the open session of the Majlis, he expressed regret that the Europeans cancelled a negotiation they had scheduled and channeled Iran's nuclear case into another path.

"Iran will not accept suspension of enrichment," the speaker said adding, "The balance between rights and duties should be observed in international organizations." He stressed that rights and duties are two sides of one coin and two pans of a scale.

Asefi says UN Resolution against Iran was a deviation

Tehran, Aug 13, IRNA-Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday urged the Europeans to revise their policy on Iran's nuclear case.

"The Europeans have been diverted from the main course by adopting a resolution against Iran's peaceful nuclear program last week.

"This diversion leaves no room for raising and discussing many issues. We have lost confidence in the Europeans and it is necessary for them to revise their policy," Asefi told reporters at his weekly press confidence.

"We hope the opposite side will understand that the Islamic Republic of Iran is unfamiliar with the language of threats, pressure and intimidation and that the sides can achieve better results through logic and negotiations," he added.

Asked about the time Iran would respond to the package of incentives proposed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, the spokesman said, "The time of Iran's response is not the question. What is important is to create an appropriate atmosphere for this response."

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