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7/8/06

Iran wants nothing more than its rights: Larijani

Madrid, July 8, IRNA-Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here on Friday stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran desires nothing beyond its legitimate rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Talking to reporters, he said Iran is a signatory to the NPT and wants only recognition of its rights.

"If we are dealt with according to international rules, we will accept the proposal," he added. He was referring to the nuclear package handed by EU foreign policy chief Jaiver Solana to Iran on June 6 offering economic and other incentives in exchange for suspension of uranium enrichment.

Asked whether Iran was optimistic with regard to the new European offer, Larijani said "there is no reason for being pessimistic." On his scheduled meeting with Solana on Tuesday, Larijani said:

"We believe Iran's N-case can be settled through negotiations because the issue is not that complicated that it cannot be settled through talks."

On the issue of Iran taking further confidence-building measures, Larijani said the matter will be decided when Europe changes its attitude towards Iran. He said realization of this issue is "possible only through practical means and not by words."

"Iran is ready to take joint steps with Europe on the basis of mutual interest but only when the ground is suitable," he added.

He cited lifting of the ban on the sale of modern equipment to Iran by Europe as one of the conditions for Iran to take more confidence-building measures, saying this is an obstacle to Iran-Europe relations.

Larijani said that Iran and the European Union had many common interests in the region, adding that Iran was capable of providing energy security to Europe through continued supply of gas to European states.

He said the issue is among "several issues" confronting states and suggested that the two sides work on these "common interests." As to the change of attitude noted in the Europeans toward Iran's N-case, Larijani said that Tehran, from the very beginning, believed sending of Iran's case to the United Nations Security Council was a mistake.

"We believe that the language of force is not effective today," he added.

Iran has repeatedly said that the nuclear issue ought to be settled through negotiations, he said, and added that"in the field of peaceful nuclear technology, we, as a member of the NPT, do not want anything more than our rights."

"Iran, as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a signatory to the NPT, has accepted supervision and sees no problem in observing international rules and, therefore, problems regarding its nuclear activities should be settled through negotiations," Iran's chief negotiator said.

On that logic, "Iran has noticed a change in the attitude of Western countries and welcomes the change," he told reporters.

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