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Iran reacts to irresponsible comments of French defense minister

Tehran, Oct 30, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini reacted to latest anti-Iran statements by French Defense Minister Herve Morin on Tuesday, calling his remarks as "irresponsible" comments.

Speaking to reporters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Morin criticized recent statements of the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei that, Tehran was still years away from having the ability to produce a nuclear weapon and that the IAEA had no evidence Tehran was building a bomb.

ElBaradei also urged Iran's critics to "stop spinning and hyping the Iranian issue."

Criticizing the French minister for his anti-Iran comments, Hosseini said, Morin's comments were "full of wrong information and an exaggeration of a fabricated scenario over the scope and nature of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities."

Referring to the statements as "surprising," Hosseini said, "Those who have no evidence for legal and professional bodies are willing to spread their political and extremist intentions in form of meaningless and worthless rhetoric through the media."

Rejecting any claims about Iran's alleged failure to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Hosseini said that Tehran has so far had its utmost cooperation with the agency.

The spokesman stressed that Western powers were to intimidate member states of the Persian Gulf region by levelling false accusations against Iran "with an aim of taking economic advantages from the troubled situation and encouraging further arms race in the region."

According to Hosseini those who acted like the French defense minister were "blindly obeying US leaders in recent months." Such approaches have so far inflicted heavy damage on Paris' credibility and would damage it further in the future, Hosseini stressed.

US policies would not dissuade Iran from pursuing rights

United Nations, New York, Oct 30, IRNA - Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei here on Monday said that the US irrational policies would not dissuade Tehran from pursuing its legitimate rights and interests.

Addressing the UN General Assembly session on a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he said there is no doubt that the recent US unilateral measures against Iran would only seek to undermine the current negotiations and cooperation between Iran and the agency.

"We have already pronounced our position on this issue in detail, both here in New York as well as in the capital," he said adding that despite the politically-motivated actions by a few countries which had led to the deadlock and interruption of negotiations, the Islamic Republic of Iran has, once again, taken a new initiative that has received worldwide support and appreciation, he noted.

In that context, Iran agreed to take a major step in negotiating with the agency on the modality of dealing with the few outstanding issues, he said adding that as a result of intensive negotiations which were held between the two sides, the final text of the mutual understanding was concluded on August 21, 2007 in Tehran.

In a very short period of time, two of the major remaining issues, namely Plutonium experiment and the contamination at the Karaj Facility were resolved, he said adding that according to the agreed work plan, the issues of P1 and P2 centrifuges are being under extensive discussions.

As the distinguished IAEA Director General reported to the Board of Governors, the agreed work plan is "a significant step forward," Khazaei said.

Therefore, it is essential to note that Iran's initiative has created a new and positive environment that necessitates the return of its nuclear dossier to the agency's framework in full, he said.

"In our view, the right path for the peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue goes through dialogue and technical elaboration within its proper and legal context which is the framework of the IAEA," he reiterated.

"In the same vein, I wish to echo the views expressed by many delegations that the Iranian nuclear issue needs to be settled through multilateral means, and resorting to unilateral measures would only exacerbate the situation and complicate its resolution," he added.

The people and government of the Islamic Republic of Iran are determined to exercise their inalienable right to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and to build on their own scientific advances in various peaceful aspects of this technology, he said concluding, "Iran does commit to its obligations under the NPT and does not request any thing more than exercising its inalienable rights."

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