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U.S. spy planes violate Iran's territorial integrity

TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (Mehr News Agency)- Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here on Sunday that the increase of U.S. spy plane flights over Iran's southern borders is a clear violation of international law and the Islamic Republic's territorial integrity.

Obviously Iranian armed forces will give an appropriate response to any kind of violation to the country's sovereignty, Hosseini told reporters at his weekly press briefing.

A senior Iraqi security official has revealed that the activities of U.S. spy planes have increased over Iran's southern border.

"Of course we believe that the Iraqi government is well informed of the importance of our bilateral relations and therefore it will not allow its country and territory to be used as an espionage base against neighboring countries," he stated.

Hosseini referred to the future of the Iran-European Union nuclear talks, and said that the newly appointed secretary of the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saied Jalili will continue talks with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana so to resolve the nuclear standoff between Tehran and the West, Fars News Agency reported.

Asked about the statements made by certain European officials that the presence of two Iranian negotiators could complicate the talks, he said, "This round of talks that was held in the presence of Mr. Larijani and Mr. Jalili was constructive."

However Jalili will be in charge of continuing the talks in the future, he added.

He emphasized that Jalili will continue the same trend of talks pursued by Larijani, including the nuclear issue and cooperation with the European Union.

Asked why World Bank President Robert Zoellick had recently rejected cooperation with Iran on eight fundamental projects, he said, "Cooperation of the World Bank with other countries is based on the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) which is based on cooperation of the WB and its hosting country."

The CAS related to Iran has been delayed for two years now, he said, expressing hope that persistence and meetings with World Bank executive board member countries would lead to the approval of the CAS in Iran.

Hosseini recognized the implementation of hostile politics as the reason behind the delays.

Last week rumors had it that Iran and the WB were to cooperate on eight fundamental projects in Iran. This is while the American president of the World Bank in an interview with CNN stated that this bank since 2005 had no new projects in Iran and the projects related to the environment and the reconstruction of the destructions caused by the earth quake were related to the past.

He had also emphasized that in his period of presidency, the World Bank would not cooperate in any projects held in Iran.

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