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Diplomatic efforts underway to secure release of Iranian diplomats, Larijani

Tehran, Jan 17, IRNA-Diplomatic efforts are underway to secure release of Iranian diplomats kidnapped from Iran's Consulate in Arbil, Iraq, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Wednesday.

He told reporters after a meeting with Iraqi National Security Advisor Shervan al-Veali that abduction of Iranian diplomats have no justification and it is another mistake on the part of the US.

"Had they been wise enough, they would have not done such a mistake. They would have released the diplomats soon earlier, because, it is in their own loss before the eye of the international community to invade a consulate," Larijani said.

Asked to comment on possibility of air attack on Iranian nuclear sites, he said that Iran has taken preventive measures in that respect.

"They have little wisdom not to do such unwise action," Larijani said in response to a question on possible air attack.

Iran ambassador to Iraq: Iranian diplomats will be released within days

TEHRAN, Jan.17 (ISNA)-The Iranian ambassador to Iraq, Hasan Kazemi Ghomi informed that the Iraqi government was presently responsible for the release of the five Iranian diplomats arrested by U.S. military troops in Arbil.

According to the reports, US troops disarmed the guards outside the Iranian consulate general office in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, broke into the building, confiscated computers and documents there and kidnapped five diplomats while military helicopters were hovering overhead, last Thursday.

"The Iraqis are striving to do their best," said Kazemi Ghomi while speaking to an ISNA reporter.

He also informed that the Iraqi government was optimistic on the whole about the matter. "We hope that they are released within a few days. With the assurance of the Iraqi state we are not very much worried about the issue," added the Iranian ambassador while branding the U.S. attempt as "illegal on the whole".

"They had no right to raid an official and legal center that is conducted between the two states," he went on to say proposing Iran's strong protest against the issue.

In response to a question stated by the reporter that who was responsible for the security and safety of the Iranians residing in Iraq, Kazemi Ghomi acknowledged the Iraqi government in reply.

"Since a permanent government is formed in this country, naturally Iraq is responsible for the safety of the Iranian diplomats; however we must also consider the fact that the U.S. forces have not yet completely referred Iraq's security dossier to the Iraqi government and they have violated the regulations in the 1456 resolution that asserts on adjusting security issues with the Iraqi state," he concluded.

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