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12/11/07

Kharrazi urges Iran's government to implement SFRC proposals

TEHRAN, Dec. 10 (Mehr News Agency) -- Former Iran's foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi said that the Strategic and Foreign Relations Council (SFRC) acts as a consultative organization for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

"The council's main task is to provide consultation to the Supreme Leader. This council has its own structure and committees.

"It is tasked with studying the country's major issues and foreign relations, preparing the necessary strategies, and presenting them to the Supreme Leader. The government will implement the strategies after they are approved by Ayatollah Khamenei," explained Kharrazi, who is the director of the SFRC.

He also expressed hope that the government would implement the council's proposals.

At the moment, the Strategic and Foreign Relations Council is devising strategies for the 20-year Outlook Plan and has already drafted plans for issues related to the Middle East, Iraq, and Iran's nuclear program, he added.

Intention behind PGCC summit invitation should be ascertained

Kharrazi stated that Iran's southern neighbors took a positive action in inviting the Islamic Republic to the 28th summit of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council in Doha.

"However, conditions commensurate with Iran's honor and interests should have been created for Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's participation in the summit," Karrazi argued during a visit to the offices of Tehran Times and Mehr News Agency last week.

The real intension behind the PGCC's invitation should be ascertained, he added.

Ahmadinejad responded positively to an invitation by the Persian Gulf littoral states to participate in the 28th summit of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council in Doha on November 30.

The president submitted 12 proposals meant to "reinforce brotherly ties" and "promote cooperation" among Persian Gulf littoral states at the meeting.

Iran should not exaggerate ElBaradei's report on nuclear program

The former foreign minister stated that IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei's latest report on Iran's nuclear activities should be looked at "realistically".

A report issued by the UN nuclear watchdog on November 8 confirmed the transparency of Iran's nuclear program and said it found Tehran to be generally truthful about key aspects of its nuclear history.

Kharrazi said that the report also contains some ambiguous points.

Moreover, ElBaradei's oral report was different than the written one, he noted.

He said the Islamic Republic and the IAEA should continue cooperation in order to address the remaining differences over Iran's nuclear program.

NIE report on Iran worth studying

Kharrazi described the U.S. intelligence report on Iran's nuclear activities as "interesting and worth studying".

In a report released on Monday, the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) said Iran has no nuclear weapons program and probably can't produce enough uranium for a bomb until 2010 at the earliest.

The report said that U.S. allegations about Iran's nuclear objectives have been exaggerated for at least two years, AFP reported.

Kharrazi said, "In fact they have claimed that Iran had been pursuing nuclear arms four years ago, but it has now stopped the activities. This assertion is totally incorrect."

But fears that Iran might pose a threat to the region's security have been allayed, he observed.

"Probably the reason behind the release of this report was domestic pressure on the U.S. government not to launch a military strike against Iran.

"I believe from now on the U.S. government will push for further sanctions against and political pressure on the Islamic Republic.

"However, Iran can use the IAEA and NIE reports to decrease the European Union's pressure on Iran."

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