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5/18/07

US can count on Iranian help in Iraq if it changes methodology

Tehran, May 17, IRNA - The US can count on Iranian help to get out of the current stalemate in Iraq if it changes its methodology in dealing with the crisis in the country, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said on Thursday.

He told a joint press conference with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf Bin Alawi that Iran has not selected a negotiator for Iran-US talks on Iraq security and no decision has been made on the qualitative aspect of the talks yet.

Asked to elaborate on the current situation in Iraq, Larijani said that there are three options for the US to get out of the current stalemate in Iraq: One, continuation of the current method which has brought the US administration to the stage of impeachment in the international community.

"This method, diplomatic shuttle on the warship, is not helpful.

It is somewhat desperate roaring and is far away from logic.

"Of course, I do not have objection to diplomatic tours, but, they will get nowhere.

"There is some countries which cherish the dream of establishing great civilization through unilateral action. Iran cannot help in this case.

"But, if they change their method in a bid to get out of the current stalemate, they can count on Iranian help."

Next round of talks with Solana to take place in Europe

Larijani said that his upcoming talks with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana will take place in a European country on May 31.

He told the press conference that the exact venue of the talks will be announced later.

Asked about Iranian reaction to the next resolution of the Western powers at the UN Security Council, he said there is time remaining until the next resolution. If the Group 5+1 (permanent members of the Security Council) plus Germany want to go ahead with reneging on the international law, the opposite party has the same card to play too.

A reporter said that Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei has acknowledged that Iran has gone to advanced level of uranium enrichment. Larijani smiled and said, "We should pray for an accurate discerning from Mr. ElBaradei.

Responding to a question on what options are on the table when Iran considers suspension of enrichment as red line, he said what is important is that "We should not stick to the past formula." "If we imagine that giving time to one subject will be useful for another one, it is a mistake."

He said that certain segments in the political circles may think that you should give time to certain things to get a chance, but, optimum use of the time is the best.

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