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Iranian nuclear official calls on US to revise its approach to facilitate talks

Tehran, June 7, IRNA-Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani on Wednesday recommended the US to revise their former approach to prepare the grounds for talks.

In an interview with the Swedish daily, Svenska Dagblat, he referred to the US past blunders and said that if they revise their attitude, there will be no obstacle to holding talks with Iran.

"The US should first select the way, given that we are on the threshold of making an important decision. There are two choices and paths.

"One way for the US is to continue the path it has selected and use the international bodies as tools of power, which will make Iran respond in a similar way. Then holding talks will make no sense," he added.

Larijani said that the second choice will be adopting a reasonable approach and as the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said, they should accept their past mistakes.

He noted that the Americans prove their entity through damaging others.

In response to the question whether Iran is interested in holding talks with the US, the SNSC secretary said that the talks themselves have no particular value, given that they may end up either in negative or positive results.

In reply to another question by the same reporter whether Iran considers Washington's rude tone towards Tehran similar to that used prior to the US involvement in war with Iraq, he said that exchange of ideas does not make much sense.

"We have been living with such remarks for the past 28 years, without ever being influenced by them. I believe that the global peace will be maintained even without such words. The intellectuals should rather present strategic plans for promotion of peace," he added.

Larijani said that today most politicians and diplomats do not give much importance to such remarks.

Mottaki says Iran prefers cooperation to confrontation

Tehran, June 7, IRNA-Iran prefers cooperation to confrontation on its nuclear case, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Tuesday.

Mottaki was speaking to reporters after a second meeting with the visiting Kazakh Foreign Minister Kasymzhomart Tokayev, who arrived here Tuesday morning at the head of a political delegation for a two-day visit.

Referring to latest developments in Iran's nuclear case, he said Europe has made a new offer to Iran which European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana presented to Tehran on Tuesday.

Speaking of the new offer, he said: "We do not predict a difficult situation for the country."

"Shuttle diplomacy, if it is in good faith, will allow us to find grounds for understanding."

Speaking of Europe's new proposal, Mottaki said that Iran will "carefully study" it.

Pointing to remarks of US officials that the military option was still on the table, he said that the United States was not in a position to add more burdens to American taxpayers. "It has expressed its readiness to hold talks with Iran."

He said it was to be expected that other quarters in the US would seek other options, but in his view "a diplomatic solution would have more chance."

On bilateral ties with Kazakhstan, the Iranian minister said in talks held between the two sides it was agreed that the two countries' trade volume would be raised from the "current 900 million dollars to two billion dollars."

Referring to the two countries' cooperation in the field of energy, he added: "We held talks on Kazakhastan exports of gas to Iran through Iranian pipelines. The sides stressed that the project will be economical in technical terms."

Asked about the issue of a legal regime for the Caspian Sea, he said there was a strong determination to reach a consensus on the issue during an upcoming summit of the sea's littoral states.

The summit, he added, will be "a step forward because the Caspian Sea is a sea of peace and friendship which belongs to all regional states. Countries outside the region have no share in this sea." The Iranian minister also appreciated Kazakhstan continuing "support for Iran's legal stance on its peaceful nuclear program." He praised the two countries' similarity in stances on issues raised at international fora.

"There are no limits to expansion of ties with Kazakhstan," Mottaki said, and expressed optimism the two countries will witness "more progressive developments in the future."

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