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Iran's Larijani stresses security as world's vital need

Munich, Feb 10, IRNA - Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said in Munich on Saturday that the world today needs security more than ever before.

Larijani was speaking to IRNA upon his arrival in Munich, Germany to attend the 43rd Conference on Security Policy, which opened officially Saturday with an inaugural speech from German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"The conference aims to establish international peace. We come from a region in which over 25 big wars have occurred in the past 20 20 years," the SNSC secretary said.

"We feel the pain of war and if in this conference there are signs that sustainable peace can be achieved we will consider the event as a very big and auspicious one."

Asked to comment on Merkel's inaugural speech today in which she called on Iran to comply with resolutions of the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors, Larijani said that "Iran pursues a specific path in its nuclear activities which is fully transparent."

"Iran's nuclear activities are under IAEA surveillance. Tehran remains committed to its undertakings under the treaty," he added.

Larijani is scheduled to deliver a speech on the importance of security for the Middle East on Sunday.

The main organizer of the Munich security meeting, Horst Teltschik, told IRNA on Friday that Larijani's speech would be very significant to participants of the conference.

The SNSC secretary, on the sidelines of the conference, will meet with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

The conference counts 250 global decision makers, including 40 heads of government, among its participants.

Iran's military policy is purely defensive

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani on Saturday said that his country's military polices are purely defensive and not aimed against any other country.

Addressing journalists on the sidelines of the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy, Larijani stressed that Tehran has always backed policies which would promote security in the Mideast, especially among Iran's neighbors.

He added that Iraq's provinces which are bordering on Iran, are among the safest regions in the country.

On Lebanon, Larijani pointed out that Iran is cooperating with regional countries to restore tranquility in the war-torn country.

He pointed out that it was Israel that attacked Lebanon and it was the Lebanese Islamic resistance which defended the Arab country.

Larijani reiterated the need for a sustainable peace in the region which would help pave the way for rational and psychological tranquility.

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