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Iran will allay concerns about nuclear program: Larijani

TEHRAN, May 30 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran is prepared to allay concerns about its nuclear program, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani told reporters here on Wednesday before heading to Spain for talks with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana. Iran is prepared to attend nuclear talks at any time or place to resolve the issue, as long as there are no preconditions, but suspension of uranium enrichment is an illogical suggestion, Larijani stated.

Last week, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei called for a face-saving compromise that could cap Iran's uranium enrichment at current levels rather than demand full suspension of its program.

ElBaradei's recent statements were realistic, the top Iranian nuclear negotiator said.

"Those who suppose they can predetermine the results of the negotiations are wrong," he stated.

However, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice rejected ElBaradei's proposal that the U.S. engage in talks with Iran before a suspension.

"As to the ElBaradei comments, the key here is that the IAEA is not an agency that is negotiating with the Iranians. That is being done under a Security Council resolution by six states (the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France, plus Germany)," AFP quoted Rice as telling journalists on the plane during the flight to Germany for a G8 foreign ministers meeting.

"Our logic in the nuclear issue is clear and right, and our intention is to resolve the issue. We are prepared to allay the concerns of the others," Larijani said.

Iran's actions are completely in line with the IAEA Statue and the country does not seek anything beyond its rights and has no preconditions for negotiations, he emphasized.

"We are facing a kind of international boycott. This means that certain countries can not speak out due to the pressure from the U.S.," he opined.

Commenting on the Iran-U.S. talks held in Baghdad on Monday, Larijani said Iran honestly stated its views on how to solve the security crisis in Iraq.

"The dialogue between Iran and the United States is surely not a small event, but the nuclear issue is different from Iraq."

However, in the world of politics, one can not separate things, he added.

Iran did not put forward a proposal to hold negotiations with the U.S.; rather, the Iraqi government insisted on it, and "we accepted it because we care for the Iraqi people," he added.

Additional sanctions would exacerbate Iran-U.S. dispute: analyst

TEHRAN, May 30 (Mehr News Agency) -- The imposition of additional sanctions on Iran would intensify friction between Tehran and Washington, Caspian Sea Research Institute Director Abbas Maleki said here on Tuesday.

The imposition of additional UN Security Council sanctions on Iran would prolong instability in Iraq, exacerbate the Iran-U.S. dispute, and encourage rapid revolutionary developments in the Persian Gulf, Maleki said in a speech on the second day of the 17th International Persian Gulf Conference, Persian Gulf Security and International Law.

The establishment of a uranium enrichment consortium with the cooperation of the European Union is one of the steps that Tehran can and should take in order to delay the imposition of additional Security Council sanctions and ensure that Iran's nuclear dossier is returned to the International Atomic Energy Agency, he opined.

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