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Iran-US talks on Iraq have impacts on nuclear case

Tehran, July 26, IRNA - Iran-US talks on Iraq security have impacts on nuclear case, Leader's representative to Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani said on Thursday.

Rowhani said that the current Iran-US negotiations on Iraq security will serve to ease tension about Iranian nuclear program.

"The US has created impediments in the way of national nuclear program and they are making decisions in this respect. So, the current talks on Iraq security may give a sense of understanding to the US about civilian purpose of Iranian nuclear program."

He said that preferably the political atmosphere between Iran and the US would be eased up in the process of talks on Iraq security.

Rowhani said that the Iranian government regards any assistance to the Iraqi government to overpower the violent groups as "significant work".

On Iran-US relations, he said elsewhere, "We have not taken an oath to avoid relationship with the US. Lack of goodwill on part of the US has been the stumbling block for restoring relations so far." He made it clear that the current Iran-US talks has focused on Iraq security and consultations to help normalize the situation in Iraq as per request from both the Iraqi government and the US.

Responding to a question on Russian failure to fulfill its promise on completion of Bushehr power plant in 2006, he said the Russians were scheduled to commission the plant in 2005, but they delayed.

"And then, President Vladimir Putin vowed to complete it in 2006, when I met him in Moscow, but, for the second time they broke their promise, and they have declared it will be operational in 2008." "Russia is an important country, having various cooperation with Iran, but it failed to abide by its commitments in nuclear cooperation with Iranians," he said.

He said that both the former and the incumbent governments' decisions on the nuclear program are based on a strategy in this respect.

Touching on remarks of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on the former team of negotiators on nuclear program that "The team had observed the red lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran", he said, "We never accepted suspension of nuclear program even for one minute."

Iran's nuclear issue has been politicized, Larijani tells foreign reporters

Tehran, July 26, IRNA - Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said on Thursday that the time-out proposed by IAEA Director General Mohamed Elbaradei is different form suspension of uranium enrichment.

"ElBaradei's theory concerns a recess in confrontation and remain at the current stage."

He told foreign reporters that Iranian nuclear issue has become political, but, it will be resolved easily if its legal and technical dimensions to be examined.

He brushed aside the US officials charges that Iran has nuclear weapons program.

He criticized the western powers for double standard citing allegation of US undersecretary of state John D. Negroponte that Iran will have nuclear bomb by 2015.

"It is ridiculous they took us to the Security Council alleging that we will have bomb by 2015, whereas, nuclear arms has no place in Iranian defense doctrine," he said.

He said that the Western powers well know that Iranian nuclear program is for civilian purpose and Iran is far away from nuclear bomb, but, they kept silent toward the Israeli stockpiling of nuclear weapons.

Larijani said US is opposed to time-out as a base for negotiations and misuses Iranian nuclear issue for political objectives.

Larijani recalled suspension of uranium enrichment three years ago saying, "We accepted the proposal of three European foreign ministers for suspension of uranium enrichment for a few weeks which lasted two years.

But after that period, they offered us a plan which in fact was nothing."

UIA officials: Iran-US talks fruitful

Baghdad, July 26, IRNA - A prominent member of the United Iraqi Alliance Abbas al-Bayati said here Thursday the Iran-US talks on Iraq are bearing fruits.

Speaking to IRNA, al-Bayati added that talks are going to bear fruits following an agreement between Iran, the US and Iraq on establishment of a tripartite security panel to supervise security issues.

He added atmosphere of the second round of talks between Tehran and Washington, held in Baghdad Tuesday in presence of Iraqi officials, showed both sides intend to support Iraq.

He said the first round of Tehran-Washington talks on May 24 broke the wall of distrust between the two countries and prepared a groundwork for building confidence.

The UIA official stated that Iran and the US are trying to establish stability and security in Iraq.

Any kind of cooperation between Tehran and Washington would positively affect political and security situation in Iraq, he added.

He said the agreement on setting up the tripartite security panel was a major step which could remove several ambiguities and misinterpretations and put an end to accusations previously made by media against Iran and the US.

US needs Iran help to stabilize Iraq, says UK daily

London, July 26, IRNA - A leading British daily Thursday questioned US policy of making unsubstantiated claims against Iran at a time when Washington needs Tehran's help to stabilize Iraq.

"The inflammatory charges the Bush administration is levelling at Iran add to a long litany of unsubstantiated claims about an insurgency (in Iraq) it has only recently been able partially to identify," the Financial Times said.

It said that the "uncomfortable facts" for Washington were that its occupation forces are confronting "an overwhelmingly Iraqi insurgency, including a new generation of indigenous jihadis created by the US-led invasion."

"To the limited extent that foreign fighters are involved, these have mostly come from US ally Saudi Arabia, not Iran," the daily said.

Its editorial on this week's second round of talks in Baghdad between Iranian and American diplomats also described Washington's charges against Tehran of supplying roadside bombs as "much-hyped." The bombs are "made by easily learned techniques, pioneered by Hizbollah, but copied locally by insurgents supplied with vast quantities of Iraqi ordinance from arms dumps US forces never bothered to secure," it said.

The paper also said that US claims about Iran's alliances in Iraq "do not stand scrutiny." The insurgency is not Shia but "mainly Sunni," it said.

The editorial described the rhetoric as reaching "visceral level" and said that the US was floundering in "frustration in Iraq" and warned that the challenge was to ensure that Iraq does "not become an arena for a proxy war between the US and Iran."

But it believed that this was why continuing the talks between the two countries was "so important."

"As the US comes to recognise it needs Iran to stabilise Iraq, moreover, it may conclude that the Middle East as a whole would be a lot safer if it could get Tehran invested in its stability," the Financial Times suggested.

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