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French diplomat summoned to Iran's Foreign Ministry

TEHRAN, Oct. 5 (Mehr News Agency) -- On Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry summoned French charge d'affaires Jean Graebling to protest over remarks by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner claiming Tehran could be seeking nuclear bomb.

The Foreign Ministry Director for West European Affairs noted that France's stance ran counter to Tehran's agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency on a timetable to answer outstanding questions about its nuclear activities.

The Foreign Ministry strongly protested over France's push for another UN Security resolution and encouraging European nations to impose additional sanctions on Iran.

Kouchner, who caused a stir last month by saying the world must prepare for war with Iran, was quoted by AFP as telling Europe 1 radio on Tuesday that "nothing is more dangerous than the situation in Iran.

West should let nuclear dispute be resolved peacefully: Rafsanjani

TEHRAN, Oct. 5 (Mehr News Agency) -- Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here on Friday called on the West to stop intimidating the Islamic Republic and let Iran and the IAEA continue "reasonable" talks for resolving the nuclear dispute.

In a sermon at Friday prayers, Rafsanjani said that the West's 'unconstructive approach' and 'unreasonable prerequisites' have led to a one-year delay in resolving the nuclear standoff.

The nuclear dispute is another manifestation of the West's oppressive measures against the Islamic Republic, he added.

Despite the Westerners' wrong approach toward the nuclear issue, Iran has expressed willingness to address the remaining questions about its nuclear program and has developed full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The West has put itself against Iran's nuclear rights which the Islamic republic has proven would never give up, he observed.

"The Iranians must stop enriching uranium, because what they are doing encourages the experts to think they are possibly moving towards the atomic bomb and not the civil nuclear power to which they have absolute right."

The Iranian Foreign Ministry also blasted French double standard policy toward terrorism.

The fact that the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) is freely doing activities in France is a flagrant violation of international law on curbing terrorism, the Foreign Ministry official noted.

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