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Iran President: Enrichment program to proceed under IAEA supervision

Tehran, Nov 14, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Tehran on Wednesday that Iran's industrial enrichment program will develop under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"We began industrial work (on the nuclear project) from beginning of the year and it is now in the development stage," Ahmadinejad told reporters following vote of confidence given by Majlis to two of his proposed ministers for portfolios of oil ministry and ministry of industries and mines.

Ahmadinejad said industrial enrichment is like auto manufacturing: In the first day, it manufactures two autos and then produces the commodity as much as it can.

"We are an IAEA member and have thus far acted within framework of regulations. From now on too we will act within framework of the regulations and talk with any interested body on expansion of cooperation in different fields."

He said Iran is ready to answer any question on its peaceful nuclear activities.

"Anybody having question on our peaceful nuclear activities, we welcome him openly and we will hear it and use it as far as it is consistent with our interest."

He then advised two remaining "bad-tempered" states to reconcile with Iran on the nuclear issue.

"Friendship of the two remaining bad-tempered countries on the nuclear issue would be to their benefit."

He also cited Iran's highest level of cooperation with the IAEA in connection with its peaceful nuclear activities.

"The fully transparent and legal report on Iran too is another point of honor for the nation. Today our ill-wishers are bare handed," he added.

Chinese FM terms Iran cooperation with IAEA positive

Tehran, Nov 14, IRNA - Visiting Foreign Minister of China Yan Jiechi in a meeting here with Iran top nuclear negotiator on Tuesday hailed Tehran's "positive" cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.

Yan Juechi arrived here on Tuesday at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki.

This is the first visit to Iran of Yan Jiechi after he took office in spring.

In his meeting with Secretary of Iran Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili, the two sides stressed the need for continuation of a peaceful trend and holding diplomatic negotiations to settle Iran nuclear's row with the West.

The Chinese minister welcomed Tehran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Meanwhile, Jalili said for his part that Tehran would continue its nuclear policy based on cooperating with the IAEA within the frameworks agreed by the two sides.

Jalili added that maintenance of nuclear talks with all parties including the European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, was one of the key points of Iran nuclear policy.

He stressed that the Iranian nation would persist on their nuclear rights.

FM: Iran ready for nuclear cooperation with regional states

Tehran, Nov 14, IRNA - Iran is ready to cooperate with regional countries in the field of nuclear activities, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday.

Bahraini website of Al-Ayam quoted Mottaki as saying that there is no particular problem between Iran and the West on nuclear case, and Iran continues with peaceful nuclear program based on international laws and regulations.

Iran has accepted the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is working in the framework of the treaty to produce nuclear energy, thus will never allow other countries to interfere in its indisputable right, he added.

Mottaki said that efforts made by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) and other nations in order to produce nuclear fuel are considered a important and necessary step.

He noted that the idea of fuel production in Iran with the participation of PGCC member states is worth of study.

Pointing to the US and the European skeptical view toward Iran's nuclear program, he added that Tehran has declared that they would ask any question via different organizations and the Islamic Republic of Iran will transparently respond to them.

The two sides have raised questions through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran addressed their remaining concerns on the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities, he said.

Parliament Speaker: Iran-West can reach joint solution on nuclear issue

Tehran, Nov 14, IRNA - Iran can reach a joint solution with the West on its peaceful nuclear issue, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel said on Wednesday.

Speaking in a meeting with a group of members of the British House of Commons, the speaker said, "The Islamic Revolution of Iran has not been understood properly in the West."

"West should take into consideration the existing realities of the post-Revolution Iran and redefine its relations with the country," Haddad-Adel suggested.

The British MPs arrived in Tehran on Monday for a five-day visit.

Their visit is taking place at the invitation of the chairman of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Majlis.

Taking into consideration a wide range of these realities would help Iran and the West reach joint solutions on many major issues including terrorism and Iran peaceful nuclear program, the speaker stressed.

He reiterated that Tehran "is ready to take any necessary action to build confidence over its peaceful nuclear activities within the frameworks of international laws and those of the Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT)."

Iran warns Britain of efforts to damage Iran-IAEA cooperation

London, Nov 14, IRNA - Iran has criticized recent comments by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on pushing for tougher sanctions against Iran stressing such remarks would be against London's national interests.

In a meeting on Tuesday with an official of British Foreign Office for the Middle East and North Africa Affairs, James Jenkins, Iran's Ambassador to London Rasoul Movahedian referred to Brown's remarks as "destructive."

The British Prime Minister had recently said in a speech at London's City Hall that further sanctions should be imposed on Iran's oil and gas sections as well as Iranian banks.

"Movahedian warned the British government not to damage Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by making such comments and not to neutralize Jalili-Solana talks," said a statement by Press Office of Iran's embassy in London.

The next round of Jalili-Solana talks is expected to be held in a near future.

Movahedian told Jenkins, "No one is entitled to talk on IAEA behalf or impose its ideas or prejudgments on the agency which is the only legitimate international body to follow up nuclear activities" of other countries.

Noting that any threats against Iran would have no effect on the country, Movahedian said," Iran would never give up its legal nuclear rights."

He reiterated Tehran's warning to London about consequences of similar threats and comments made by British officials.

Meanwhile, Jenkins stressed that London was committed to using diplomatic ways to settle Iran nuclear row with the West.

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