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Iran, US officials debate Tehran's nuclear issue

Tehran, Oct 31, IRNA - Iran's ambassador to Sweden, Hassan Qashqavi and the US IAEA Ambassador Gregory Schulte in Stockholm on Wednesday debated on Iran's nuclear case.

The debate between Qashqavi and Schulte started as the US envoy in an address to a session on Iran's nuclear issue accused Iran of producing atom bomb and called on European states to prevent the country from pursuing the goal by exerting pressure on it.

The meeting was held at Stockholm High School of Commercial Sciences under the sponsorship of the two Swedish institutes of SIPRI and CITE and a large number of ambassadors, officials, experts and Swedish reporters were also present.

Qashqavi told Schulte that IAEA Chief Mohammed ElBaradei had in the UN General Assembly meeting in New York and his deputy Olli Heinonen in Tehran explicitly rejected US claims and stressed there was no diversion in the country's nuclear case.

He said the remaining issues are now in stage of technical discussion.

"The US' recent unilateral sanction against Iran showed that White House is alone and no other country, especially such powers as China, Russia and European states, supported its recent sanctions," said Qashqavi.

Syrian and Egyptian ambassadors also raised strong criticism against US policies.

The Egyptian diplomat's statement, that there are contradictions and double-standards in the US policies on the Middle East nuclear issue, surprised the audience.

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