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Iran's top nuclear negotiator arrives in London for talks with Solana

London, Nov 29, IRNA - Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili arrived in London Thursday for talks to be held with EU High Representative Javier Solana tomorrow (on Friday).

The talks will be followed by Solana presenting findings to the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany ahead of a delayed meeting of their political directors in Paris on the following day.

The last political directors' meeting in London on November 2 asked the EU high representative to seek further talks with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator before reporting back.

This was in addition to the latest IAEA report from its director general Mohammed ElBaradei, which said that Iran had constructive and effective cooperation with the agency to remove ambiguities regarding its civilian nuclear activities.

Iran has welcomed the latest IAEA report as a "giant step forward" in returning his country's nuclear file back solely to its rightful place at the UN watchdog in Vienna.

"There is no longer any reason for the issue to remain at the UN Security Council," Iranian ambassador to London Rasoul Movahedian said.

"No country has cooperated with the IAEA so closely as Iran," he said in an interview with IRNA earlier this month.

Despite the positive outcome, Britain and the US have had their own agenda in pressing for further sanctions against Iran, but have faced opposition from Russia and China.

No NPT goal materialized: Soltaniyeh

Vienna, Nov 29, IRNA - Iran's Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh said that none of major goals of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) has so far been materialized.

Addressing a meeting with Belgian MPs in Brussels Wednesday, Soltaniyeh added that implementation of the NPT in the past four years was "unsuccessful".

He pointed to dangers of proliferation of nuclear weapons, saying, "Countries which possess such weapons, the US in particular, intend to deviate the world public opinion from paying attention to nuclear arsenals which is a threat against the international security."

He regretted that a discriminatory attitude authorizes countries with nuclear weapons to violate regulations, preserve their nuclear resources and develop them contrary to the international calls.

The Iranian envoy reiterated that an increase in number of the US and Russian nuclear arsenals, and high costs of new projects in Britain including the country's Trident nuclear missile systems are among issues which bring the NPT credit into question.

He noted that countries which possess nuclear weapons such as US and France have transferred massive amount of nuclear materials and technology to non-signatories of the NPT including the Zionist regime.

Washington explicitly announced that it decided to expand nuclear cooperation with non-signatories of the NPT, he said adding that such a move, which proved Iran's views regarding the US dual stands, was another step toward weakening the NPT.

He stated that if Iran had not signed the NPT, no pressure would have been exerted on it at the IAEA. In that case, it would have been faced with no sanctions following the US misuse of the UN Security Council, he added.

Soltaniyeh called for start of talks on NPT and dismantling nuclear weapons according to the schedule as soon as possible.

IAEA report nullifies enemies' efforts

Tehran, Nov 29, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Wednesday that the recent report by the UN nuclear watchdog on Iran's nuclear program nullified efforts made by enemies.

Addressing prayer leaders of several mosques in Tehran province, he added that the report presented to the Board of Governors by Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei was a great victory for the Iranian nation.

"Iran's nuclear case was not a technical and legal one but it was rather a political one motivated by the IAEA report," he said.

"Bullying powers disgraced the IAEA and the UN Security Council in the past two years. They issued resolutions against Iran and threatened the country but achieved nothing," the Iranian president reiterated.

Iran is a nuclear country, thanks to guidelines of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei and resistance of the Iranian nation, he added.

Head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said, "After ElBaradei's report no one can threaten the Iranian nation."

Putin underlines political solution of Iran nuclear issue

Moscow, Nov 28, IRNA - Russia's President Vladimir Putin underlined political solution of Iran's nuclear issue.

According to Russia's Presidential Office report on Wednesday, President Putin in a meeting with foreign ambassadors in Moscow said, "I believe regional conflicts, including Iran's nuclear program and Kosovo issue cannot be solved through force."

Putin underlined the necessity of using non-military and peaceful means in carrying out international missions.

He added, "Russia will never deviate from democratic route and will observe human rights and other freedoms."

In the meeting, which is the first ever in Russia, around 200 ambassadors and heads of several international organization were invited to Kremlin.

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