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Iran will not use oil as a weapon: Larijani

Dubai, Dec 6, IRNA-Iran will not use oil as a weapon to put pressure on the international community to solve its problems, and hopes no situation of the kind would emerge in the future, said Iran's National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani on Tuesday before he left for Dubai.

Iran's top nuclear negotiator was in Dubai on an invitation of the kingdom's ruler, Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid al-Maktum, to attend the fourth annual conference of the Arab World Strategy 2006 held on December 4-6. The conference was attended by 22 heads of states and 32 industrial leaders.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the conference, Larijani said that Tehran had time and again assured the world that "it was not seeking nuclear weapons" but only recognition of its legitimate right to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

He recalled that Western parties, in nuclear talks with Iran in the recent past, had said that Washington intended to politicize Tehran's nuclear case.

He said he responded by warning US officials that Iran "would in no way be intimidated to give up its right and that their (US officials) approach to the issue would have no effect on Iran's pursuit of peaceful nuclear technology." Larijani left Dubai for Tehran Wednesday morning.

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