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Iran warns of serious response if 5+1 goes extreme

TEHRAN , March 6 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran will give a serious response if the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany adopt hard-line approaches toward Iran's nuclear program, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani said here on Tuesday.

"We prefer real negotiations, not artificial ones, to resolve the nuclear issue, but if the 5+1 group takes a hard-line course it will definitely receive a serious response," Larijani told the reporters at a press conference after meeting Khaled Meshaal.

According to Reuters, in an effort to pressure Iran into suspending uranium enrichment, six key UN ambassadors on Monday began a week of negotiations on possible new sanctions but agreement was still elusive.

Larijani dismissed media reports that Iran has reduced its uranium enrichment activities.

Asked about the timing of feeding hexafluoride (UF6) gas to 3000 centrifuges at the Natanz enrichment plant, the top nuclear negotiator said, "Feeding the gas will be done on schedule" soon.

Questioned about the reports suggesting that Russia may delay delivering nuclear fuel for the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Larijani said that "We are friends with Russia," and they will deliver the fuel as agreed between the two countries.

"We should not make prejudgments," he added.

On reports that Saudi Arabia's role in resolving the Palestinian issue has become more influential than Iran, Larijani said that all political activities have "an appearance and a depth" and Iran "has nothing to do with appearance, but we are concerned with the depth of the issues."

Saudi Arabia recently initiated the Mecca Agreement which brought the two feuding Palestinian factions - Hamas and Fatah - together.

Concerning the Mecca Agreement "we are consulting with different countries, and support the national unity government" in Palestine, he said.

Negotiation is best solution to nuclear row: Larijani

TEHRAN, March 6 (Mehr News Agency) -- The best solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program is negotiation, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani said here on Tuesday.

In the nuclear issue, the West's scenario has not unfolded successfully, Larijani told diplomats at a meeting with the Islamic Republic's cultural attachés based in foreign countries.

Facing a failure to cause a crack in the will of Iranian nation to give up their legal right to nuclear energy the West is trying to sow discord among Islamic countries, the security official said, adding a "political will" is at work to create conflicts among Shias and Sunnis and the Muslims can foil this conspiracy through their vigilance.

Larijani called on the cultural attachés to introduce the real Islam and Shiism as a logical and decent religion to the people of the countries they have been given mission.

He added that they should inform the people that Iran does not seek aggression and wants to live peacefully with all countries.

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