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Iran denies cruise missile purchase from Ukraine

Tehran, July 2, IRNA-Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday said that he is amazed by the remarks of the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov about Iran's purchase of X-55 cruise missile from Ukraine and denied it.

Asefi made the remark while talking to domestic and foreign reporters in his weekly briefing in response to Ivanov's claim that Ukraine has sold air-to-surface X-55 cruise missile to Iran and China.

The claim had also been denied earlier by Ukraine's Foreign Ministry spokesman.

Asefi underlined that Iran has not illegally purchased any weapons.

In response to a question about the verdict of a US court concerning the auction held on Iran's archaeological artifacts, he termed it as bizarre and said that the heritages belong not to one country but to the world and human community.

Asefi said that cultural heritage is not subject to executive measures and underlined that the verdict of this court is contrary to the UNESCO's 1970 Convention.

Turning to Iran's legal and diplomatic attempts to pursue the blunder made by the American district court, he said that the University of Chicago has also dismissed the verdict.

"Meanwhile, the Iranian expatriates residing overseas will react to the verdict, just as they did in case of the National Geography which had forged the name of the Persian Gulf," he added.

He said that the verdict issued by the US court is against international conventions and disrupts cultural and scientific cooperation among the world countries.

Asefi said that Iran holds the US administration responsible for the consequences of such a measure and said that Iran's representative office in New York will definitely pursue the matter.

Concerning removal of any limitation on the terrorist MKO group, he said that the move shows the West's dual approach to terrorism.

He said that the West has two definition of terrorism, namely a bad and a good terrorism, adding that when terrorism is in their interest it is good and once it is detrimental to them it is bad.

Stressing that there is no good and bad terrorism, he called on the West to change its approach to the issue.

About the attempts of the US and some Western states to monopolize the fuel cycle, he said that given the limitations imposed on other countries by the US, in fact the Americans wish to monopolize the nuclear fuel.

In reply to another question about the remarks of the German defense minister on the rights of world countries to fuel cycle, he said that many Western officials have the same view, adding that Iran should certainly gain its right to fuel cycle.

Asefi referred to the visit of the speaker of Iraq's National Assembly to Iran and underlined that given the common concerns of both countries, mutual relations should be expanded.

He condemned the terrorist acts in Iraq and blamed the foreign troops in this country for it.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the harsh measures in Iraq are rooted in the US violent approach in this country.

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