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Larijani: Iran welcomes partnership on nuclear research

Tehran, Jan 23, IRNA-Iran welcomes partnership of all countries, especially the Europeans, in its nuclear research projects, said Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani in Tehran on Sunday.

"We have announced earlier and are stressing once again that we are ready to benefit from contribution of all countries to all our peaceful nuclear activities," said Larijani in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of his talks with Iraqi senior political-religious figure Moqtada Sadr.

Confirming his telephone conversation with the UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohammad ElBaradei, Larijani said, "We have had close ties with the Agency and talks on variety of subjects have been held with it and its officials."

Iran will continue to cooperate with the IAEA within the framework of the safeguards and the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"Thus far, to demonstrate its goodwill, it has been cooperating even beyond what is required under the additional protocol," said Larijani.

He said the IAEA inspectors inspected Iranian nuclear activities on Saturday and the Agency's cameras are constantly filming Iran's nuclear facilities.

"We have well assessed the course of cooperation with the Agency and consider the Agency, as an international institution, and the NPT, as an international convention, as `helpful'," said the Iranian nuclear official.

He dismissed a report in the German daily der Spiegel that Iran had proposed China to contribute into the Iran-Russia venture, saying, "No such a proposal has been raised on our part and it does not basically exist."

On the acceptance of Russia's project by Iran, Larijani said, "We have had a round of talks in Tehran with Russian government on our idea and the second round of the talks will be held in Moscow in February; of course consultations with Moscow are continuing in the meantime."

He said French President Jacques Chirac's threats are not subjected to Iran. "Considering the explanation provided by French Foreign Ministry following the claims, it is clear that the words are not related to Iran and Mr. Chirac has raised a general discussion in that connection; but we do not consider such statements helpful." Asked on AFP's claim that Iran had concealed the purchase of P2 centrifuges in 1997, Larijani said, "I do not confirm such a report and basically no such issue has been raised. We have put all the present information on P2 at the disposal of the Agency and we will hold talks if it is needed to remove ambiguities."

He stressed, "I do not see any threat against Iran and those saying so want to influence the will of the nation. The Iranian nation is great and strong and Iran is a difficult goal."

Also referring to the Europeans' threat to refer Iran's dossier to the UN Security Council, Larijani said, "As we wrote in the letter to three European states, the best solution to the complicated international issues is talks and if Europeans are really willing to solve Iran's nuclear problems, they should remove problems in talks.

"We do not consider any tough talk as praiseworthy and do not take it helpful for the international peace and security.

"Those claiming to have concern on international peace and security should, more than others, be committed to talks," said Larijani.

Also asked what would be Iran's next move after resumption of the suspended nuclear activities, Larijani said, "That depends on the conditions following that and the way we are treated."

On Iran's letters to the members of the IAEA Board of Governors in recent days and on the scope of nuclear research, Larijani said, "There has been no particular message or letter. We have announced from the beginning that research is the subject of our mission and will not include the production of nuclear fuel."

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