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SNSC Secretary: Iran keen on dialogue to remove ambiguity about nuclear program

Tehran, Jan 22, IRNA-Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said on Sunday that Iran welcomes talks with different countries to help remove any ambiguity about Iranian nuclear program.

He told IRNA that the door is open for different countries to enter into negotiations with Iran on the national program to make sure that Iranian nuclear program is in line with the Safeguards Agreement of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Larijani said that Iran would make use all the diplomatic channels to enlighten world public opinion about the civilian purpose of Iranian nuclear program and have taken necessary steps in this respect.

Asked to elaborate on research studies by Iranian scientists about the civilian application of nuclear energy, he said that Iran will never violate Safeguards Agreement of the UN nuclear watchdog and no violation has taken place so far.

Responding to a question about his talks with IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and whether a new agreement has been reached with director of the nuclear watchdog, he said that Iran has diversified cooperation with IAEA.

"Currently, inspectors of the UN nuclear watchdog are visiting Iran to monitor Iranian nuclear sites as per Safeguards Agreement of IAEA," Larijani said.

"Iran has nothing to hide. Sometimes, the need arises to hold negotiations. Such consultations are taking place regularly. Iran sees its relations with the UN nuclear agency as 'excellent'."

He dismissed language of threat or complacency being exercised by certain countries and said dialogue and cooperation are the best means to resolve dispute in international affairs.

Larijani advised certain countries to follow dialogue and cooperation with Iran.

Iran says IAEA emergency session politicized

Tehran, Jan 22, IRNA-Iran regards holding an emergency session by the Governing Board of the UN nuclear watchdog on Tehran's nuclear case as "unnecessary and a political move".

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi made the remark while talking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference.

Representatives of five big nuclear states namely the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China along with that of Germany in a meeting in London recently decided to hold an emergency session of the Governing Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Feb 2-3.

Referring to the recent remarks by the IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei who said the agency would present its report in March, Asefi said, "ElBaradei's remarks showed he also believes the meeting should be held in March.

"It also indicated that the IAEA should carry out its work and have the chance to present its report."

The spokesman said, "In case this emergency session is held, it will indicate it has political and non-technical objectives." Stressing that the IAEA should carry out its technical and professional activities, he said, "When the emergency session is held under the pressure of certain countries, it is clear that the result will be political, nontechnical and unprofessional and is devoid of expertised features."

Asked about the probable visit by Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Larijani, to Russia in the near future, he said the issue has been set forth but has not been fixed yet.

In response to a question on Iran's stance on Russia's nuclear proposal, Asefi stated the plan should be completed. We have held one round of talks on the proposal in Iran. However, he said, the talks should further continue.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran regards the Russian plan as a complementary one."

The spokesman added Iran welcomes Russia's initiative to enter the (nuclear) issue.

Replying to another question, Asefi rejected claims leveled by certain Western diplomats on delivery of centrifuge consignments to Iran.

On the possibility of China's presence or a joint Iran-China enrichment, he said, "We have not received such a plan yet. If such a plan or proposal is raised, Iran will take it into consideration."

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