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Larijani warns of Iran's reciprocal reaction to West

Pretoria, Feb 25, IRNA - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani warned the West that Iran will reciprocally react to the countries intending to aggravate Iran's nuclear issue.

He made the statement at a short briefing session in Johannesburg airport before noon on Sunday, without naming any particular country.

Ali Larijani

Larijani said that such approaches will have consequences and that they cannot be unilateral and will certainly be confronted by Iran.

Underlining the political nature of Iran's nuclear issue, he said, "The matter is not very complicated in itself. Iran is ready to solve the issue through constructive and accurate talks." Larijani, who is visiting South Africa in response to the invitation of President Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki, said that Iran is willing to end the concerns about the country's nuclear issue through talks.

He added that negotiators should avoid irrational points and that they should rather seek a reasonable solution.

Turning to his recent negotiations with the European heads of states and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, he said, "Those who are sufficiently smart are aware that harsh and stressful approaches will cause delay in coming up with a political solution."

In reaction to the deputy foreign ministers meeting of the United Nations Security Council's permanent members in London, he hoped that they will learn a lesson from their past misbehavior and will stop their hostile anti-Iran stance.

Larijani underlined that Iran's participation in the regional developments can be effective and declared the country's readiness to play a `constructive' role in revising the trend of current developments.

Elsewhere in his statement, he said that in his talks with President Mbeki, Iran-South Africa cooperation in political and economic fields were high on the agenda of talks.

He pointed to bilateral ties as `sincere' and said that South Africa's presence in the UNSC can strengthen its role in solving Iran's nuclear issue to some extent.

The SNSC secretary noted that the two countries will continue to exchange views on the issue.

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