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Iran's Larijani calls West's push for new UNSC resolution illogical

TEHRAN, Feb. 3 (Mehr News Agency) -- Former Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Larijani has described Western calls for further sanctions resolutions against Iran an "illogical demand".

Although Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency is producing a clear result, some countries within the 5+1 group (Five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) are trying to water down the positive report of IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran's nuclear activities, Larijani told the students of al-Zahra university on Sunday.

The U.S. and its allies Britain and France are pushing hard for a new round of sanctions against Iran.

A report issued by the UN nuclear watchdog on Nov. 8 confirmed the transparency of Iran's nuclear program and said it found Tehran to be truthful about key aspects of its nuclear history.

Larijani who is the Supreme Leader's representative at the SNSC said the 5+1 is unlikely to reach a consensus on a new resolution ahead of Elbaradei's upcoming report to the IAEA Board of Governors.

He accused the West of seeking to weaken the Iranian nation's perseverance through taking unjustified measures towards the Islamic Republic.

The great powers' efforts to step up pressure on Iran are attributed to their stubborn refusal to recognize Iran's inalienable right, Larijani noted.

The former top nuclear negotiator called on the Iranian nation to be actively involved in the country's political events in the face of growing threats against the Islamic system.

"It is very important that under the current circumstances the 5+1 and others realize that Iranians are sensitive about their accomplishments and they can show this sensitivity through participating in elections and the Bahman 22nd (March 11) rallies" marking the anniversary of the victory of Islamic Revolution.

Larijani expressed optimism over diplomatic efforts to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff with the West.

UN foreign policy chief Javier Solana's interest in continuing negotiations with Iranian officials can pave the way for a peaceful settlement of the nuclear dispute, he observed.

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