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Jalili, ElBaradei reaffirm Iranian transparency

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA - Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili on Saturday reaffirmed transparency of Iranian nuclear program and the national resolve to remove the outstanding issues with the UN nuclear agency.

ElBaradei and Jalili

In a meeting with Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei, Saeedi said that Iran is keen on working with IAEA on the modality plan to settle the remaining issues.

ElBaradei said that Iran-IAEA cooperation is proceeding on due course and that actually "Iran is not an exception." According to SNSC Secretariat, ElBaradei, for his part, expressed the hope that the remaining issues would be resolved before next IAEA Board of Governors meeting in March and the two parties would normalize relations until then.

He expressed the hope that through Iran's constructive cooperation with IAEA a breakthrough would be made.

Jalili said that Iran respects Non-Proliferation Treaty, IAEA Charter as the best paradigm for mutual cooperation.

While insisting on the fact that benefiting from nuclear energy is Iran's legitimate rights, Iran honors its commitments to the NPT, IAEA Charter and Safeguards, Jalili said.

Jalili said that Iran attaches importance to constructive role of IAEA as an international body which creates balance between nuclear rights and undertakings of the member states.

"Some powers try to create obstacles in IAEA's non-biased and professional methods in verifying Iran's nuclear activities and to downgrade the agency from its international status," he said.

Jalili reiterated that strengthening professional and impartial performance and non-political approach of the IAEA would help restore credibility of the agency.

He said that verification of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities will be in fact a test to examine faith of certain powers too.

"This will indicate whether or not transparency of Iran's nuclear program and substantiation of baselessness of their allegations would lead to a change in their political and illegal behavior."

Supreme Leader: Keeping Iran nuclear case in UNSC unjustified

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that there is no justification for keeping Iran's nuclear case in the United Nations Security Council.

ElBaradei and Khamenei

In a meeting with Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei, the Supreme Leader said that Iran has proved civilian nature of its national nuclear program and there is no justification for the involvement of the Security Council.

The Supreme Leader reaffirmed Iran's commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Ayatollah Khamenei criticized US propaganda against Iran's nuclear program and said that the problem between Iran and the US is not merely the nuclear program and that the US administration is seeking the slightest pretext to strike a blow to the great Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the United States did not consider IAEA independence and that the UN agency must conduct its activities from technical point of view away from political objectives of the big powers.

IAEA should be remain an independent international body, said the Supreme Leader adding that under the current positive atmosphere which puts a seal of approval on the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has time and again declared that Islam has prohibited the proliferation and use of nuclear weapons," said the Supreme Leader hoping that the remaining issues will be settled at the earliest.

President says Iran expects IAEA to fulfill professional duties

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that Iran expects the International Atomic Energy Agency to fulfill its professional duties.

In a meeting with IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei, President Ahmadinejad said that Iran is keen to resolve the remaining issues about Iran's nuclear program.

ElBaradei and Ahmadinejad

President Ahmadinejad expressed the hope that the IAEA to carry out its legal duties in a just way and never be influenced by big powers.

Thus IAEA will attain its real goal, said the Iranian president adding that some countries assume the IAEA is an agency to follow their lead.

The president said that nuclear energy is God-given and within the next 20 to 30 years the need of the nations to it would increase many folds, therefore, all opportunities should be seized to take advantage of such energy and that the big powers should give up the slogan that nuclear energy is tantamount to nuclear bomb.

The Islamic Republic of Iran recognizes IAEA as the only legal international body to talk on its nuclear activities, he said.

Of course it does not mean that Iran avoids talking with other countries on various topics, he added.

ElBaradei, for his part, said Iran's nuclear activities are on due course calling for expansion of all-out cooperation between Iran and IAEA.

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