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1/10/07

Iran: Larijani welcomes views for resolving nuclear standoff

TEHRAN, Jan. 9 (Mehr News Agency) -- Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani said here on Tuesday that Tehran welcomes any way which can help settle the nuclear dispute between Iran and some Western countries.

There is not necessarily just one or two ways to resolve the issue, and we welcome any view which can help reach that end, Larijani told reporters at a joint press conference with Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain.

He said all those countries and bodies which play a role in Iran's nuclear issue should be somehow involved in settling the row.

"The nature of our (nuclear) activities is technical and that is why the agency (IAEA) should be involved in resolving the issue," he explained.

However, he added, "When an issue is politicized the best solution is negotiation.

"Negotiation can take a shape based on different initiatives of different players."

Asked about a revision of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, he said that would not be unprecedented as Tehran halted the voluntary implementation of the additional protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"We are mulling over different types of ties between Iran and the agency. We announce that they should not act in such a way that Iran (would be forced to) reduce the level of its cooperation with the agency. They should not force us.

"We insist on cooperating within the framework of the agency."

According to IAEA regulations, there are different ways to reduce cooperation with the body, he added.

On what steps Iran would take within a 60-day moratorium as demanded in the UN resolution, the top security official said, "Iran will insist on nuclear technology as a national goal, and this is a demand of all nations."

He went on to say that the "political will" of the country is to "safeguard its nuclear rights."

Pakistan rejects any pressure against Iran

Pakistan condemns any kind of pressure, threats, or sanctions against Iran, the Pakistani senator said.

The region cannot tolerate any new conflicts, and any uproar in the region will also be harmful to the West, stated Hussain, who represents Kashmir and is the chairman of the Pakistani Senate's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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