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Solana: We are ready to cooperate with Iran to develop civilian nuclear program

Brussels, Oct 5, IRNA-European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana stressed Wednesday that Iran's nuclear issue will be solved through negotiations.

"I'm convinced that the Iranian dossier can only be solved, and will be solved, through negotiations. We have the right framework and the right broad basis for that," Solana told the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels Wednesday afternoon.

"Iran will develop a civilian nuclear program as many other countries in the world. And Iran will do it better and more efficiently if it is done in cooperation with us. From a political and technological point of view both sides have a lot to win. They, and we, know that," he said.

Solana said that he and his Iranian counterpart have been negotiating Iran's nuclear dossier for endless hours.

"It has been my top priority because I'm convinced that this is a crucial subject for international security. My Iranian counterpart has also spared no effort, and I have to say that I have found in Dr Larijani an intelligent partner who deserves all my respect." "We have reached common ground on quite a number of subjects. But we haven't agreed on what is a key point: suspension. So far, up to today, Iran has made no commitment to suspend," added the EU foreign policy chief.

The six countries (five permanent members of the UNSC plus Germany) said Solana has followed a two-track approach: dialogue and referring the case to the UN Security Council.

"Dialogue cannot last forever. It is up to them to decide whether the time has come to follow the second track. But the door to negotiations is always open," he stated.

Solana remarked that "Iran is an old, wise nation, a key partner in regional and world affairs. The nuclear issue is just one element, even if it is a key one, of a much broader relationship."

"We want to cooperate with Iran in other subjects, not least the Middle East, and we should do irrespective of the ups and downs in the nuclear issue."

Ahmadinejad: We hope Europeans will seize opportunity to continue talks with Iran

Tehran, Oct 5, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday hoped that the Europeans will seize the opportunity created by the Islamic Republic of Iran and return to the right track.

Addressing enthusiastic people in Firouzkouh, he said the Iranians are a peaceful nation seeking to deal with the problems through negotiations.

This honorable nation has given another chance to their malevolent enemies to revise their deeds by overlooking their wrongdoings in the past 27 years, he said.

"We hope the European countries would seize the opportunity as granted and revise their wrong policies," he said.

"We believe that some of big powers are ignorant to ethics and justice, they do not believe that affection and kindness is much better than violence, they cannot believe that pen, thought and culture would be much better than weapon and nuclear bomb," he said.

Underlining the fact that Iranian nation are peace-seeking and advocates of dialogue, he said the Iranian nation would under no circumstances yield to bullying powers and would never turn back from the proper course they have embarked on.

The Iranian nation is free, dignified and invincible and those who seek to trample on their rights through intimidation or sanctions are mistaken, he said.

Iranian nation are vigilant and would defend their legitimate rights, he underlined.

Inviting the hegemony powers to the path of divine messengers, he said, "We invite you all to the path of holy prophets but if you ignore this you should be certain that your destiny would be the same as Nimrod, Pharaoh and Korah."

The colonial powers posed threat to free nations and when they become disappointed from military threats they seek to impose economic sanctions against them, he said.

He referred to the crimes and atrocities of the Zionists and their American supporters in Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq as good examples of this.

"We all should collectively cooperate and make our country an exemplary model in the region and the world," he said.

"To construct our country we should administer justice and create job opportunities for unemployed," he underlined.

President Ahmadinejad left Firouzkouh for Damavand this afternoon.

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