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Iran's Larijani in Vienna, insists no compromise is on agenda

Vienna, June 22, IRNA - Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani arrived here on Friday to talk with the IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei's about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Ali Larijani

Talking to reporters upon arrival in Vienna, Larijani stressed that in talks with ElBaradei on Friday there would be no compromise on Iran's nuclear rights.

"Even if the UN threatens Iran with issuance of more sanctions, the country would not stop its uranium enrichment activities," said Larijani, asking the UN to have more reconciliatory tone in that concern.

After a meeting with ElBaradei, Larijani is to leave Vienna for Lisbon, Portugal, for discussions with the EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana on Saturday.

Larijani: Iran ready for talks

Larijani said in Tehran on Thursday that Iran is ready for talks as a means for return of peace and tranquility to the region.

"During talks on Iraq, we said that we are ready to pay our share to restoration of security in Iraq on the belief that it would be to the benefit of all in the region. Iran is a responsible and non-oppressive power in the region. We are ready for talks as a means for restoration of peace and calm there," said Larijani in an address to a group of people and officials.

Larijani said Iran's strategy is based on guaranteeing honorable peace in the region.

Switching to Iran's nuclear issue, Larijani said Iranians are well aware of their nuclear rights and no more sanctions would be effective.

"The west should know that it can not stop Iran's movement by issuing resolutions. But it can reach understanding through dialogue.

Any bullying would receive a crushing response," warned Larijani.

He said Iran is not isolated and raises its demands with a sonorant voice.

The Iranian top nuclear official said that today, 80 percent of the citizens of such Muslim states as the UAE, Egypt and Algeria support Iran's right to use peaceful nuclear energy. "That's a big achievement."

He said Iran does not need nuclear bomb and nuclear weapons have no room in Iran's defense doctrine. "We have many deterrent potential and have no need to nuclear arms."

The Iranian official said increasing Iran's regional power is a wise move, in line with the Supreme Leader's will, and among prides gained by revolutionary forces.

Speaking at a conservative partisan gathering of the Followers of the Late Imam and the Supreme Leader, Larijani also focusing on country's nuclear stand, emphasized, "Over an issue that is intermingled with the country's life we are not allowed to take any risk, since giving concessions from the pocket of the nation is not allowed, and lenience in such fields is forbidden."

He added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran, relying on its revolutionary forces, keeps paving the right path that it has adopted in its nuclear activities, not willing to breach any international laws, and remaining a fully responsible political system." Larijani reiterated, "A group of adventurers create obstacles in the way of our legal programs, and this is clearly observed in their comments. A European official once proposed that we should return to Berlin Agreement.

"We replied: why should we do so? They said: Some countries had assumed that by passing several resolutions against Iran, Tehran would top pursuing its legal activities."

He said Iran is in stage of nuclearization thanks to the hard endeavors of its experts. "That's a big achievement."

Saying that the US' 28-year policy in denying Iran's regional role is "defeated", Larijani noted that Iran is a key player in the region.

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