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FM: Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq's security may continue

TEHRAN, May.30 (ISNA)-Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki stated that Iran-U.S. talks on "security issues in Iraq" could continue. He said the Iranian envoys to Baghdad in the Iran-U.S. talks on May 28th had returned to Tehran and they were studying the results.

"If they reach the conclusion that there is true determination for resolving the present crisis and reformation of policies, then the talks could continue," said Mottaki.

He said at this phase, Iraq was suffering from insecurity and terrorist attacks and was unrelentingly occupied by foreign forces.

"We believe that solving the two fundamental issues from the roots is the answer to the crisis in Iraq. Terrorist groups justify their actions by the presence of occupying forces and these forces state the presence of terrorist groups as their excuse for staying in Iraq," he said.

In another part of his talk, Mottaki referred to Iran's nuclear issue and talks in Spain. Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani is to meet Javier Solana in Madrid to discuss Iran's nuclear.

He said Iran had a 37 year old membership in the NPT. "Iran's nuclear history and policy is void of any diversion or nuclear arms," he added.

He further commented that today, the first users of nuclear arms were busy experimenting the latest generation of nuclear missiles.

"Such countries have no right to deprive others from peaceful nuclear technology," he asserted.

He said between the two options of "counteraction" and "interaction", Iran always voted for the latter.

Larijani: Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq will impact nuclear issue

TEHRAN, May.30 (ISNA)-Iran's secretary of the supreme national security council stated that Iran-U.S. talks on Iraq would impact Iran's nuclear issue.

Iranian and U.S. envoys met in Baghdad and maintained talks on the exclusive topic of "security in Iraq" on May 28th.

Speaking to the reporters Ali Larijani said that Iran-U.S. talks and Iran's nuclear issue were basically separate concerns.

"Iran's nuclear issue and Iraq are two separate issues but in the world of politics no issue is separate from another. Generally speaking, Iraq's issue would impact the nuclear one," he said in response to whether the result of the talks would impact his future talks with Solana.

He said that in the Iran-U.S. talks, Iran had given a clear description of the roots of insecurity and unrest in Iraq and suggested the way out of the present crisis.

Larijani, who was on the brink of a trip to Madrid in order to maintain talks with the European Union foreign policy speaker, told the reporters that Iran was ready to have "constructive" talks on the issue.

"The 5+1 counties must realize that they can resolve Iran's nuclear issue only via reason and negotiations," he said.

He said the U.S. was after preventing new approaches to resolve the issue.

"Unfortunately, the U.S. plans an international boycott to keep the ideas and points of views of other powerful countries unheard," he added.

He further described his previous talks with Solana in Ankara as "Positive" and said if the other side was willing to cooperate, they would find a reasonable way out of the issue.

"Suspension is not the reasonable way of solving the problem," he reiterated while asserting that Iran would by no means accept suspension of uranium enrichment in its peaceful nuclear activities.

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