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Enrichment suspension negotiable only through talks: Iranian official

TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (Mehr News Agency) - "Suspension of Iran's nuclear enrichment activities is negotiable only within the framework of talks," Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani said here on Thursday.

"We do not see any reason for suspension, but we welcome negotiations for resolving the nuclear issue," Larijani told a news conference after a meeting with Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar.

Nuclear research and development must be completed in Iran, and this means "attaining nuclear expertise and technology", he added.

He said that Iran is prepared to solve all its problems with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). "We are ready to hold negotiations within the framework of a political understanding.

"We are moving on a clear path and nothing is concealed; our nuclear activities are under IAEA supervision."

Referring to his talks with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana last summer, Larijani said, "They (the Europeans) who broke off the talks; we still are still in compliance with the previous negotiations."

Asked why certain IAEA inspections of the Islamic Republic's nuclear sites were limited, Larijani said, "We had previously declared that if Iran's nuclear dossier was sent to the UN Security Council, a parliamentary bill would oblige us to halt the implementation of the additional protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"Such cooperation will continue only if the dossier is returned to the IAEA."

Questioned about the possibility of talks with the United States on Iraq, Larijani stated, "Different voices are heard from the U.S. I suppose it is delirious political talk. They do not talk about it very clearly.

"What is important to us is that they speak about the matter clearly."

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