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Larijani: Special committee appointed to examine revision of Iran-IAEA relations

Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA-Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani on Wednesday declared the formation of a special committee to examine various dimensions of government's plan to revise its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He made the remark while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with Iraqi Minister of Economy and Finance Bayan Jabr.

Larijani said that the committee will work under the supervision of the SNSC, adding that officials in charge of the relevant affairs will be members of the committee.

"Following the ratification of a draft-bill on revision of Iran-IAEA relations by Majlis, based on which the government is required to expedite the country's nuclear program for peaceful purposes, the SNSC appointed a committee to conduct the necessary studies on making appropriate decisions in accordance with the current conditions," said Larijani.

Anti-Iranian resolution an arrow to weaken Iran's system

Larijani said that the anti-Iranian UN Security Council resolution is among arrows that has been aimed by the enemy to undermine the Islamic Republic of Iran.

"Such exhausted behaviors and tactics will make us stronger; today, the world is increasingly awakened and getting more resentful of the US," said Larijani in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with Iraqi minister of economy Bayan Jabr on Wednesday.

Larijani said that recently, a US official said the resolution was issued to humiliate Iran.

When the US official was asked about ineffectiveness of such behaviors in the past, he said 'though such behaviors have not functioned well over the past 27 years, we are doing something else behind the stage', added Larijani.

"The literature of a country, which claims to be superpower and the so-called master of global affairs and activities, is such that it speaks of launching a global move to humiliate another country," ridiculed Larijani, adding, "Such behaviors are arrows that are aimed to undermine the Islamic Republic; on the contrary, they have made us more powerful."

He said today, regional conditions require more prudence and rational behavior and radicalism is no longer effective.

"Anyone trying to radicalize regional conditions, should be held accountable for his conduct."

The official said the Islamic Republic of Iran has accepted NPT and carried out its nuclear activities under the IAEA supervision.

Anybody refusing to officially recognize the rights has in fact done a grave mistake and his conduct would create problems, he added.

Criticizing the West for its double-standards in inviting Iran on the one hand to negotiations and speaking in language of threat on the other hand, Larijani said, "Those using the tool of talks one day and that of force another day, should know that others too have tools.

Americans had better secure sustainable security in the region today." As for operation of 3,000 new centrifuges, Larijani said Iran has in the course of talks been stressing that its nuclear policies are consistent with global system and 'if rights of our nation are not recognized we will continue our work'.

He said the IAEA had been informed of operation of the systems and nothing has been concealed.

"We are now going through early stages and the time for initiation of final works would be announced soon."

On Iran's one-billion-dollar aid to Iraq, Larijani said Tehran had already started forwarding the assistance. It had formerly been decided to provide Iraq with necessary credit for spending on the development and educational projects whose implementation was deemed necessary by the Iraqi government, he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani said there are good economic ties in fuel and power exchange and cargo transit between the two naturally united neighbors of Iran and Iraq.

Also pointing to proper economic and security relations between Iran and Iraq, Larijani thanked the Iraqi officials for readiness to secure release of the two Iranian diplomats detained by the American forces.

He criticized the Americans for their 'unworthy' behavior which runs contrary to the international norms and regulations and hoped the diplomats would soon be freed.

Jabr for his part told reporters that he is visiting Iran to ink a memorandum of understanding for extension of a one billion-dollar credit for spending on development projects in Iraq.

He said he was carrying a message from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to Iranian officials regarding capture of two Iranian diplomats by Americans in Iraq.

He then pointed to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's message to Iranian officials on condition of the two detained Iranians and said Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zibari too had in a letter stressed freedom of the two Iranians who had travelled to Iraq with political passports. He hoped that the two would be released as soon as possible.

Moussavian: 5+1 Group's path irrational, illegal

Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA-An Iranian diplomat said on Wednesday that the course taken by Group 5+1 is not right and rationally, logically and judicially unjustified.

"Firstly, Iran is committed to both NPT and the Safeguards and is a signatory to them; it has extended all kinds of cooperation and is ready to continue taking any measure that would prove its commitment to the documents," said former member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team Hossein Moussavian in an interview with IRNA on Wednesday.

Moussavian said Iran has never said it will refuse to cooperate within NPT and Safeguards, rather it has had maximum level of cooperation in that connection.

He said Iran has done its best to endure confidence building. "It suspended its activities for a specific period of time so that they (the westerners) would monitor its activities to gain confidence of non-diversion."

He added that Iran voluntarily accepted the additional protocol and until today, more than 2,500 man/day inspection has been carried out into its nuclear facilities.

Additionally, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly announced that it has detected no sign to substantiate Iran's nuclear activities are weapon-grade, he added.

The veteran diplomat said that as a matter of fact, Iran is prepared to give any sort of objective guarantee to the world that its activities would not be diverted to nuclear weapons in future too.

Therefore, he added, no logical and judicial evidence would remain for anybody to claim that the course taken by the IAEA and the UN Security Council is rational, logical, judicial and legal.

Moussavian said political motivations have been at work.

"One should accept the reality that Iran's nuclear case is a matter of politics and security before being judicial and technical." As for the UN Security Council sanctions, Moussavian said the anti-Iranian resolution 1737 has imposed limited sanctions on Iran.

"This means, they have begun with nuclear and missile sanctions and they would be expanded after a 60-day deadline by the UN Security Council if the IAEA Chief's report points to Iran's non-suspension of its nuclear activities."

He said that in the next run, financial and commercial sanctions would also be included.

Asked about western officials, especially US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, official recognition of Iran's right for peaceful nuclear energy, Moussavian said, "When they say, `We officially recognize Iran's right to have peaceful nuclear technology,' they mean nuclear station, energy and power. You have not however heard of them saying, `We consider Iran being entitled to have nuclear fuel cycle.' As for nuclear fuel cycle, they say go and do the enrichment with Russians."

The diplomat suggested a multi-faceted diplomacy as a way to restore Iran's nuclear rights. "We are in need of a sort of diplomacy that would firstly protect Iran's right to nuclear technology; secondly guarantee observation of the right; thirdly check any crisis and tension in Iran's ties with the international community and fourthly be effective in both promoting Tehran's relations with other countries through dialogue and guarantee Iran's right in nuclear technology and observation of the right."

He emphasized that Iran is in need of a 'realistic multi-faceted diplomacy'.

"Iran's red line in the diplomacy should be its right to access nuclear technology and implement the right."

Of course, 'we should have necessary flexibility for confidence building, elimination of ambiguities, the IAEA questions and negotiations; we should be careful about the point that patience and wisdom are needed to achieve such an important goal', said the diplomat, adding that ongoing conditions have got too hard and complicated and reversal of the course is not an easy task.

He said Russia, China and Europe have committed a very big and historical mistake in Iran's nuclear case. "They agreed to referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council per Article 41 of Chapter Seven of the UN Charter. Conditions are now so that the US should decide for them."

Saying that Iran's nuclear case has been the most complicated political and international case over the past 100 years in Iran's history, Moussavian said the most skilled and experienced experts in the international law and diplomacy are required to work on the case so that Iran's rights would be guaranteed and possible crises would be avoided."

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