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Larijani: Iran always supports negotiations

Rome, Oct 24, IRNA - Representative of Iran's Supreme Leader at the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that Iran would always support negotiations to resolve its nuclear standoff with the West.

Larijani is currently here as a member of Iran's high-ranking nuclear team headed by SNSC's new Secretary, Saeed Jalili, for the fourth round of talks with the EU foreign Policy chief, Javier Solana.

Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with Solana and Jalili, held at the end of a three-hour meeting, Larijani said, "We are not looking for trouble or adventurism. Iran has consistently emphasized on negotiations."

"We want to reach an agreement which would maintain our absolute rights based on a rational framework," Larijani stressed.

Asked if change of the SNSC secretary would affect Iran's nuclear stands, Larijani said, "Iran's decision-making procedure enjoys a stable structure.

"Strategic issues are discussed at the SNSC which is chaired by president (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) and is under the supervision of the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei)".

Larijani added that he attended this round of talks as he was asked by Mr Solana to do so.

Commenting on his resignation from his position in the SNSC, Larijani said, "A lot has been said about my resignation. Some have said that it was for personal reasons, but as far as I know, there is no personal reason."

Larijani added that his resignation was not even for his alleged bid for parliamentary elections as he said being elected as a member of parliament had nothing against staying at the position of the SNSC secretary.

Larijani stressed that he would support his successor, Mr. Jalili.

Meanwhile, Jalili appreciated Larijani's efforts, saying that he would follow the same course taken by Larijani in the past two years.

Jalili: There are rooms for Iran-EU cooperation on N-issue

Iran's new secretary for the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili said on Tuesday that there are many rooms for Iran-EU cooperation on nuclear issue.

Jalili made the remarks at a joint news conference with his predecessor Ali Larijani and the European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, after a three-hour meeting held at the Vila Pamphili palace.

"The principal policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is dialogue and cooperation," Jalili said.

He stressed that issues that are currently referred to as "challenges between Iran and the EU can be seen as an opportunity." Praising efforts made by Larijani, who accompanies him in his first meeting with Solana, the SNSC secretary said that he would continue the "appropriate course taken by Mr. Larijani in the past two years."

The Iran-EU talks were described by both sides as "constructive." Jalili said that further cooperation between the the two sides calls for removing some misunderstandings.

Larijani hails nuclear talks with Solana as "constructive"
Representative of Iran's Supreme Leader at the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that talks held by Iranian nuclear team and the EU foreign Policy chief, Javier Solana, were constructive.
Speaking to reporters after the three-hour talks, Larijani said, "We had transparent talks together."
Meanwhile, Solana described his talks with the Iranian nuclear team as "friendly and constructive."
He said that the two sides agreed to continue their talks.
Headed by SNSC's new secretary, Saeed Jalili, the Iranian nuclear team arrived in the Italian capital on Tuesday.
Jalili appreciated efforts of Ali Larijani during his two-year tenure, underlining that he would continue "the appropriate course that Larijani has taken in the past two years."


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