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OIC chief supports latest Iran-IAEA agreement

United Nations, New York, Oct 6, IRNA - Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu Friday afternoon supported latest agreement between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog.

Speaking to reporters, he said that the only way to solve Iran's nuclear problem is to hold peaceful negotiation between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Iran-IAEA agreement signed by the two sides in a late August meeting to remove outstanding questions on Tehran's peaceful nuclear activities within a specific timetable, was a "positive step forward," Ihsanoglu said.

He stressed, "Any military action which may happen in the (Middle East) region under any excuse would cause a disaster." "I believe no country would be safe from such disaster," the OIC chief warned.

Ihsanoglu reiterated that all countries had the right to pursue a peaceful nuclear program for their interest within the frameworks and regulations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

He stressed that Muslim states wished to have a world free from nuclear weapons as the dream came true in the Central Asia region with the help of Kazakhstan.

"We hope that the Middle East countries would continue a similar trend without any exception," Ihsanoglu said.

He stressed that adopting a double standard approach to this issue would discredit any negotiations held for nuclear disarmament.

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