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6/2/06

Larijani: Iran ready to guarantee no diversion from civilian use

Rome, June 1, IRNA -Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said that Iran is prepared to guarantee no diversion from civilian use of nuclear energy.

In an interview with Italian daily, La Republica, published on Thursday, Larijani said that Iran has no objection to diplomatic resolution of the crisis that the big powers manipulated as they wished.

He added that Iran does not heed any precondition for talks for removal of Tehran-Washington logjam.

"Iran is actively working for diplomatic means to leave behind the current crisis and understanding can only be reached by practical compliance with international laws and genuine talks without any pressure," he added.

On giving guarantee to the West about peaceful use of nuclear technology, Larijani asked "When Iran agrees to inspection of its entire nuclear sites by UN nuclear watchdog, how can it deviate from peaceful path?".

Larijani said he is certain that in response, the West will say that once Iran manages to access this technology, it will immediately end its membership in NPT.

"However, it is impossible to condemn someone before any crime is committed. As a responsible country, we are prepared to give any guarantee."

In reply to another question about the reason for Iran's insistence on uranium enrichment, he said that similar to France, Iran intends to make progress.

"Our oil reserves are limited and will end some day. We do not wish to rely on others to supply our required fuel and there is no international mechanism to guarantee this.

"We are willing to give any guarantee, while the West cannot say that it is possible to be an NPT member and produce nuclear weapons.

Neither can it say that the signatories to NPT are banned from civilian research studies to which they are entitled. After all we are actually prepared for talks," added the SNSC secretary.

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