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Iranian President urges settlement of nuclear issue politically

Baku, May 5, IRNA-Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Baku on Thursday that Iran's nuclear issue is completely political, which should be settled in a political atmosphere too.

Ahmadinejad told Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on the sidelines of the 9th ECO summit that Iranian nation considers access to peaceful nuclear energy as its inalienable right.

The president said the Islamic Republic of Iran is the standard bearer of peace and calm in the region and the world.

He said there is exceptional solidarity among the Iranian nation with regards to the country's peaceful nuclear achievement, adding, "The interests and progress of the Iranian nation are not in contradiction and contrast with the interests and progress of any other country."

The chief executive advised the "monopolist" states to change their behaviors towards the Iranian nation and put an end to the "artificial" nuclear adventure which, is mostly for political propaganda.

He said dialogue for peaceful use of nuclear energy is impossible, stressing that the door to talks on such issues as disarmament, international cooperation and peace and tranquility in the region and the world is open.

Somewhere in the talks, Ahmadinejad invited Pakistani president and prime minister to pay an official visit to Iran.

Aziz said in return, "The government and nation of Pakistan support the right of Iran for peaceful use of nuclear energy and are against any use of force to solve Iran's nuclear case."

He stressed that his country had since the beginning raised a transparent and clear stance regarding Iran's nuclear energy and is still insisting on its view.

Aziz said the Iran-Pakistan-India gasline project is an important issue in the Tehran-Islamabad ties which should be given further emphasis in the discussions among the Iranian and Pakistani officials.

President Ahmadinejad arrived in Baku late Thursday to attend the ECO IX summit and on the first day of his visit, he met and conferred with his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev.

Zarif: EU3 resolution drafted to create crisis

United Nations, New York, May 5, IRNA-An Iranian top diplomat on Thursday ruled out the newly drafted EU3 resolution regarding Iran, saying it aims to create crisis, while no such a crisis is really needed.

"This resolution indicates the intentions of those who drafted it to create a crisis where the crisis is not needed ... and which can be avoided simply by allowing a serious, reasonable, sober discussion on valid proposals," said Iran's ambassador and permanent envoy to the UN Mohammad-Javad Zarif in an interview with reporters.

Zarif said Tehran favors a negotiated solution to the ongoing problem with Iran's peaceful nuclear program. "And we have repeatedly said that Tehran does not respond well to threats and intimidation," he made it clear.

Zarif said Iran suspended enrichment for two years in the course of negotiations. "We did not come across with any concrete results in the two years because the problem did not lie with the enrichment.

"We believe the issue of enrichment has been raised to divert public opinion. Are the UN Security Council members, following up the resolution, ready to accept NPT or they are merely intending to select the paragraphs based on which to raise their own stances and nterests?

"The trend will lead to ruining of NPT, while distorting the UN Security Council's image," concluded Zarif.

Mottaki: A professional attitude needed to solve Iran's nuclear issue

Baku, May 4, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Thursday that "a much more professional and non-political attitude is needed towards Iran's legitimate right to access peaceful nuclear technology in order to put an end to the current nuclear impasse.

The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks after his meeting with his Pakistani counterpart on the eve of the 9th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) due to begin on Friday.

Speaking to reporters on ways of resolving Iran's nuclear dossier, he said the current non-political attitude should be avoided and instead the grounds should be prepared for continued cooperation between Tehran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Highlighting Iran's extensive cooperation with IAEA, he said Iran's nuclear dossier is a professional and non-political issue and "we are on the opinion that politicizing the issue would be illogical and impractical."

Referring to developments pertaining to nationalization of oil industry in Iran over 50 years ago and how the the members of the UN Security Council dealt with the issue at that time, he said it is good to know that a UNSC member called the move as a threat to world security.

The way the UN Security Council dealt with the nationalization of Iranian oil industry was a good test for the national will of nations and their steadfastness in materializing their national interests, he said.

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