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10/23/06

Iran: Larijani warns westerners of any harsh approach

Tehran, Oct 23, IRNA-Iran on Monday warned westerners against any harsh approaches and said it would make Iran more determined to go ahead with its nuclear activities.

"If westerners take harsh approaches, their practice will not be much effective, rather this will make the Islamic Republic of Iran more determined to continue with its nuclear activities," said Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani in an interview with reporters after meeting Georgian Foreign Minister Gela Bezhuashvili.

Larijani said the Islamic Republic of Iran will make decisions based on new conditions.

He said Tehran favors negotiations and such measures would not deviate it from the main path.

On his talks with the EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana, Larijani said, "The four rounds of talks with Solana prepared a good basis for understanding of Iran's nuclear activities and removing concerns of either side."

He said that in the talks, Iran had provided answers to two main questions on "non-diversion of Iran's nuclear activities" and "Iran's deprivation of its rights" and presented formulas for both the problems.

"We provided formulas for other problems too," he added.

Larijani said that in the talks, Tehran had announced that the Group 5+1 should take into consideration Iran's nuclear activities together with enrichment and fuel cycle as a whole.

He added that as for the question on possible diversion of Iran's nuclear program towards military purposes, the answer was that an international enrichment consortium should be formed to look into the issue.

Larijani stressed that Tehran reached agreement with both sides and "now I say that if the agreements with Solana are taken as the basis, it will be to the benefit of both sides."

He expressed hope that Solana would be able to convince the Group 5+1 of contents of the agreement. "If the agreement between us and Solana, which has removed concerns of the two sides, is taken as the basis, we will be able to deal with both nuclear and regional issues in a peaceful atmosphere."

He said that the two sides' resolve is the key to their adherence to the agreement.

"We are committed to all agreements with Solana," said Larijani, warning, "If Europe declines to adhere to them, it should be accountable to all the consequences."

He said the issue of enrichment had not been raised at the beginning of talks with Solana.

On Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini's Sunday comments regarding likely agreement on suspension during the talks, Larijani said the spokesman's statements had not been properly reflected.

"Useless talks are not helpful. Nuclear issues are fully under my supervision and we cannot expect the talks to be superficial," said Larijani when asked to comment on the rumors that outcome of his talks with Solana had been clear in advance.

He added, "The talks whose result is already clear cannot be called talks." The Iranian nuclear negotiator was then asked whether his former deputy Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli's successor had been named, he said his successor had not been announced yet.

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