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Iran's Larijani: "Precise steps" can prevent new UN resolution

Tehran, June 6, IRNA -Iran's top nuclear negotiator here Tuesday night urged the sides in nuclear case to take "precise steps" to prevent adoption of a new resolution.

The Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani was speaking to reporters at Tehran Mehrabad International Airport upon his arrival from a seven-day visit to Europe.

Asked about impact of his talks with European officials on prevention of new UN resolutions against Iran, he said, "The general atmosphere prevailing over settlement of Iran's nuclear case has become more rational."

He added during his talks in Madrid, the sides discussed ways to make use of current atmosphere and potentials and manage the situation in a way to move in a more logical direction.

He said Iran should also help materialize the wisdom.

Larijani termed as "acceptable" the current direction of Iran's peaceful nuclear dossier and said more time is needed (to solve it).

Larijani held talks with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Madrid, Spain, on May 31.

The sides decided to hold another meeting within the next two weeks.

In response to a question on the remaining issues between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the top nuclear negotiator said, "We had numerous issues with the agency which were settled gradually. Minor issues still remain.

"These minor issues have remained because of the IAEA's political behavior. In fact, the agency has discredited itself by sending Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council."

Larijani stated that a political understanding can be reached with Solana to turn over Iran's case to the IAEA, adding, "It is upto the agency how to settle the issues. The case has nothing to do with political issues."

Asked about impacts of Iran's cooperation with the IAEA on reducing the sanctions against the country, he said, "Iran's cooperation with the agency has nothing to do with resolutions.

"We are not interested to see any outstanding issues between Iran and the IAEA. We call for more IAEA supervision to resolve our issues."

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