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US should end acting based on double standards - Iranian official

Iran's top nuclear negotiator said in Beijing on Friday night that the United States should end acting based on double standards in various fields, IRNA reported.

Secretary of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said at a press conference in Beijing, comprised of Chinese and foreign media correspondents, "If the Americans are truly after the establishment of global peace, the first thing they would have to do is to end observing double standards."

Ali Larijani (file photo)

He made the comment in response to a question in which the reporter had quoted the US President George W. Bush as saying that peace cannot be achieved resorting to nuclear weapons.

Iranian President's special envoy once again evaluated the US threats and UN sanctions "quite futile" in Iran's ever onward progress toward advancement in various fields, including in modern technologies.

He added, "We are not worried about sanctions as we have been proceeding with out objectives during the past twenty seven years despite all pressures and sanctions.

In response to a question on Israel's threats against Iran he said, "Under such conditions that the Prime Minister of the Zionist regime explicitly confesses that that regime is equipped with nuclear weapons the UN Security Council should logically condemn that regime."

A reporter asked, "A US research institute has predicted that Iran's oil exports would end by the year 2015. Is that the reason why Tehran is persistently pursuing its nuclear program?"

Larijani replied, "Such comments are all results of US miscalculations, and such miscalculations have resulted in engagement of the Americans in pursuing warmonger policies in the region, and creating lots of problems."

He emphasized, "Iran's oil exports have not be decreased and they would not be decreased either, but all the same, we would be in dire need of taking advantage of new sources of energy in the future." The SNSC Secretary further emphasized, "Iran's oil exports would not be decreased."

Iran's nuclear negotiator was asked about the axis of his talks with Chinese officials during his ongoing visit. He replied, "We would talk on various issues, including Tehran-Beijing ties and expansion of bilateral cooperation."

He said that in his meeting with President Hu Jintao he has delivered President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's written message to him.

Larijani added, "Iran has very broad ties with China and both sides have long-term plans for pursuing them, which is why such consultations between the two countries' officials have always been necessary and fruitful for both sides."

A reporter referred to the Israeli Prime Minister's visit of China during the current month, asking Larijani whether he has referred to Israeli threats during his meeting with the Chinese President, or not."

Larijani replied, "We do not evaluate the Israeli threats as important. The Zionist regime had better heed its own disgusting and status."

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