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Iranian FM: Government backs bill on revising relations with IAEA

Tehran, Dec 26, IRNA-The government supports a bill to revise Iran's relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), currently under review by the Majlis, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Tehran on Tuesday.

Mottaki made the remark at the end of Majlis session held Tuesday behind closed doors.

The minister attended the session to brief MPs on the latest developments with respect to Iran's nuclear case and the 1737 UN Security Council resolution adopted Saturday.

"I should have given information to the Majlis deputies on nuclear issues," he said.

Boroujerdi: UNSC's anti-Iran resolution issued under US pressures

Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi called the recent UNSC's resolutions against Iran's peaceful nuclear activities as a politically-motivated one issued under US pressures.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Majlis open session on Tuesday, he said it is quite natural for Tehran not to heed the resolutions issued by the UNSC against the country's peaceful nuclear activities.

Referring Iran's nuclear dossier to the UNSC especially after reports presented by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei who repeatedly declared that Iran never deviated from IAEA rules, was a politically-motivated move taken under US pressures.

Despite the efforts made by Russia and China to soften the atmosphere, the UNSC issued a resolution against Iran, he said, adding that the country regards the move as illegal.

Majlis passed a double-urgency bill to oblige the government to revise its cooperation with the IAEA, he said.

The double-urgency bill which authorizes the government to revise its relations with IAEA is like a blank check which allows the government to meet the country's national interests by any means.

Revising cooperation with IAEA means that the government is allowed to take any necessary action to safeguard the country's national interests, he underlined.

On probable withdrawal of Iran from Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), he said such a plan is not on the agenda for the time being although a number of Majlis representatives have called for it.

Iran not planning to pull out of NPT: deputy FM

Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Dec 26, IRNA-Iran currently has no intention of quitting the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and will continue its peaceful nuclear activities, a senior Iranian official said here Tuesday.

The remark was made by Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Mostafavi while speaking to reporters.

"Iran will not remain indifferent towards the UN Security Council's illegal and unfair measure (adoption of a resolution against the country's peaceful nuclear activities).

"We will adopt necessary measure based on our national will," he said.

He added, "The first step towards producing nuclear fuel on industrial scale will start during the `Ten-Day Dawn' celebrations (February 1-10, marking the victory of the Islamic Revolution).

"Iran has explicitly announced it is not after acquiring nuclear weapons. In political and ideological terms and based on the fatwa religious decree) of the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei) and according to the strategic principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran we do not consider nuclear weapons as a means for establishment of peace in the region."

Mostafavi stressed, "The main point in the Security Council's resolution is that demands of Group 5+1 (the five permanent members of the Security Council -- Russia, Britain, France, China and the US - plus Germany) are beyond NPT regulations.

"It also had a dual attitude towards signatories to the NPT." He said, "The Iranian government and nation will not accept the demands which Group 5+1 and the Security Council intend to impose on the country beyond regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the NPT.

"Based on the NPT, all countries have the right to access nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Other states are also duty-bound to provide the NPT signatories with necessary research facilities needed for nuclear activities."

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