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Government spokesman: Iran to stay with NPT

Tehran, Feb 6, IRNA-Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham on Monday stressed the peaceful and transparent nature of Iran's nuclear activities and said Tehran does not intend to leave the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

He told reporters that the door for negotiations was still open and there were no obstacles to the continuation of talks.

Stressing the international call for nuclear disarmament, he said that the Islamic Republic "favors non-discriminatory and comprehensive nuclear disarmament."

Criticizing the discriminatory attitude of certain nuclear countries toward the nuclear activities of others, he said that "there are a number of countries which possess atomic weapons who wish to deprive others of the legitimate and indisputable right to access nuclear technology for peaceful uses."

"The rights of all countries (to nuclear energy) should be determined within the context of international law, rules and relations and no country should have preference over another or be subjected to double standards."

The government spokesman once again invited countries to participate in Iran's nuclear programs, and assured that Iran would give "due respect to their individual national interests."

Larijani: Those behind Board of Governors resolution should pay the price for it

Tehran, Feb 6, IRNA-Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here Monday said that those having engineered the resolution issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors should pay the price for it.

Speaking to reporters after Majlis session held behind closed doors, he added that now the world has various options and a new logic can be developed through diplomatic cooperation.

In response to a question about the remarks of an American senator concerning military attack on Iran, he said that experts are aware that turning to military alternative is quite unlikely and that nobody will dare to invade Iran.

He added that there is even doubt that sanctions are to be imposed against Iran.

Larijani noted that the Western states abuse the option of reporting Iran's nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council as a psychological move against the country.

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