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10/3/06

Iran does not need US security guarantees - Larijani

Berlin, Oct 3, IRNA-Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council and the country's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said here in an interview with German weekly 'Focus' that Iran is not worried about its security status, and does not need any US security guarantees.

'Focus' reporter had claimed that Iran's main intention in pursuing talks with EU is to pave the path for direct talks with the US, adding, "That is because only that country can provide effective security guarantees for Iran."

Larijani added, "The proposal for direct talk with the United States has not raised a storm of enthusiastic feeling and happiness among the Iranians."

The Secretary of the Supreme Security Council said, "If the Americans have faced difficulties in Iraq, it is not right for them to propagate that Iran is enthusiastically longing for holding talks with them on regional security."

Larijani added, "Our first priority is pursuing the path we have started with the Europeans."

He said, "The Americans pursue the same policy they have applied in Iraq in case of Iran, too, but they would definitely have no chance for embracing success, since the time for adopting unilateral policies at the international scene has long been over."

On Iran's nuclear program, he referred to Iran's membership at the NPT, Germany's abandoning of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant project, and full transparency in Iran's peaceful nuclear policies.

He said, "We do not intend to manufacture the A-bomb, since firstly it has absolutely no place in our defence doctrine, and secondly we really do not need it."

In reply to 'Focus' reporter's question, "Why should EU trust a country whose president has asked for the annihilation of Israel?" he said, "Israel's existence, or annihilation should not be decided on the other side of the ocean."

Larijani said, "The residents of occupied Palestine, including the Arabs, the Jews, the Muslims, and the Christians should decide over the type of the political system they prefer in a free election."

Referring to the problems that West has created for the freely elected Palestinian government he said, "That proved the fact that the West's pro-democracy slogans are only authentic where the results of elections match their interests, not those of the other free nations."

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