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Iran ready to cooperate with PGCC in nuclear area: FM

Tehran, May 28, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Monday that Iran is ready to start cooperation with the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) in the area of nuclear technology.

Answering questions raised by participants in the 17th International Persian Gulf Conference, he reiterated that such cooperation would be under full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

On Tehran-Cairo relations, he said Iran and Egypt are two major regional countries whose nations have played and still play historic roles in the region.

Referring to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks regarding relations with Egypt, Mottaki said that his Egyptian counterpart had welcomed Ahmadinejad's remarks and stressed that Cairo's practical policy was also to that end.

As to the ongoing Iran-US talks on Iraq in Baghdad, he said if the US is seriously willing to solve the existing problems in Iraq, there will be hope for success of such talks.

If there exists any will for settlement of Iraqi problems, Tehran will be ready to cooperate not only as its duty as a neighboring country, but also for the sake of its own security, Mottaki said.

Underlining the need for preparing a practical program for withdrawal of the US troops from Iraq, he said the responsibility of establishing security in Iraq should be given to the Iraqi government.

Mottaki defends Iranian rights enshrined in NPT

Mottaki defended Iranian rights enshrined in Non-Proliferation Treaty. He said that inclination of the Persian Gulf littoral states to benefit from nuclear energy proves Iran is right to take advantage of peaceful nuclear energy.

Mottaki said that the western countries always allege that Iran will make diversion from its peaceful path.

He said that the world countries are dependent on oil and gas resources in the Persian Gulf region.

"Therefore, imposing any economic sanction against Iran would leave negative impacts on the economy of the countries in the region." On foreign interference in the region, he said the security plans masterminded by foreign powers have failed to restore stability and security of the region.

He added that lack of security and interference of foreign forces have led the Persian Gulf states to sign various military pacts making the Persian Gulf region a lucrative market for military sales.

Mottaki said interference of foreign forces has not brought stability and security to the region, instead, it has stirred violence and destruction in the region.

He said that Iran's geopolitical location in the heart of Middle East region has turned the country to a sole connecting link between east, west, north and south in region.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported constructive cooperation with the neighboring countries and have voiced readiness for a collective pact to help restore security and peace in the region."

Mottaki says pullout will stop bloodbath in Iraq

Mottaki said on Monday that the occupying powers are required to announce pullout timetable to stop bloodbath in Iraq.

"We believe that the best way to put an end to alarming bloodbath in Iraq and spread of violence to the neighboring countries is that the occupying forces to leave the country and let the Iraqi government and its nation restore national security," he said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran calls for restoration of national unity and independence of Iraq and believes that it should help restore security and tranquility as part of its religious and humanitarian responsibilities.

Iran strongly opposes to any sectarian violence or religious conflicts in Iraq, Mottaki said.

"Unfortunately, the wrong policies of the occupiers have left lethal consequences in Iraq," he said.

"We believe that withdrawal of occupying powers from Iraq and collective assistance of neighboring countries to Iraqi democratic government would put an end to the current human losses," he said.

He said that political stability, security and economic development of the countries in the region have tied with the culture, religion and geopolitical situation of the Persian Gulf countries.

Any instability and insecurity would foment extensive consequences on other states, he added.

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