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Larijani urges West to reach understanding with Iran

TEHRAN, May 11 (Mehr News Agency) -- Instead of using harsh rhetoric, the West should use the great opportunity to reach an understanding with Iran, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani told the Central News Bureau on the sidelines of the Tehran International Book Fair on Friday.

Larijani said his talks with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana are moving forward, and the West can use this opportunity to reach agreements with Iran.

Western countries should realize that they cannot alter issues by using "harsh rhetoric" against Iran, he noted.

Iran's nuclear case is not a "complicated issue" per se, Larijani observed.

"When a country like Iran says it is ready to conduct (nuclear) activities within the framework of international standards, naturally those countries should take this seriously and assume a positive attitude toward it," Iran's chief nuclear negotiator declared.

Solana last held talks with Larijani in April. The Iranian said at the time they had come closer to a "united view" on how to break the stalemate.

Solana said he would likely meet again with Larijani "in the coming weeks... as soon as possible, to see if we can move on."

The April talks, held in Ankara, Turkey, were held to determine if there was enough common ground for further discussions between the two men that could lead to a resumption of formal nuclear negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group - the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.

No taboo against talks with U.S.: Iranian official

TEHRAN, May 11 (Mehr News Agency) -- "Dialogue with the United States is no taboo in Iran's foreign policy," the chairman of the Judiciary's Human Rights Committee said here on Thursday. Given that Iran has maintained its determination to gain access to nuclear technology, the country can reach an agreement with the West through two measures, Mohammad-Javad Larijani told a gathering of the chairmen of the provincial branches of the Islamic Engineering Society.

First of all, the West should acknowledge Iran's right to nuclear energy, and in turn Iran would resume observation of the additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, he added.

In 2003, Iran signed the additional protocol to the NPT, which allows the International Atomic Energy Agency to make snap inspections of its nuclear facilities, but the Majlis later suspended implementation.

"Iran's possession of nuclear technology is a sign of the country's strength, and we should behave in a manner compatible with such a position," he observed.

He went on to say that UN Security Council resolutions on Iran's nuclear activities can not deny the Islamic Republic its inalienable right to nuclear energy.

However, with some effort, Iran could prevent these resolutions from being approved and should do so, he stated.

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