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Iran will not endorse US presidential candidates: FM spokesman

Tehran, March 10, IRNA - Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here on Monday that Iran will not support any US candidates running for the upcoming presidential elections.

Talking to reporters, he made the remarks in response to a question on which candidate Iran will support for the US elections.

Hosseini reiterated that election is a domestic affair of the American people.

He further stressed, "Both the American people and world nations have become tired of the war mongering policies of the present US administration."

Hosseini expressed the hope that the upcoming presidential elections would bring about serious changes in the incorrect approach of the present administration.

Asked about Iran's reaction towards recent UN Security Council's resolution issued against the country's peaceful nuclear program, he said, "We will examine the resolution, its nature and its effects and then we will announce our stand clearly."

The UN Security Council ratcheted up sanctions on Iran on Monday, March 3. There were 14 votes in favor, none against and one country, Indonesia, abstained.

Previous sanctions resolutions were adopted unanimously in December 2006 and March 2007.

Iran has denounced the current and previous resolutions as violation of international law and said they only harmed the standing of the 15-nation Security Council.

No bilateral talks with US on agenda: Hosseini

Hosseini also said that currently there is no bilateral talks with the US on the agenda.

"The US should take higher steps for confidence-building in order to create a new opportunity," Hosseini told reporters at his weekly press briefing.

He said that Washington has not only continued with its hostile policy towards Iran, it has also intensified it.

Iran ready to hold talks with 5+1 on specific issues

Hosseini voiced Tehran's readiness on Monday to hold talks with the Group 5+1 members states about specific issues.

Hosseini told reporters at his weekly press conference that Iran's previous talks with representatives from the United Nations nuclear watchdog and the Group 5+1 have ended to formulation of the Modality Plan upon which the six outstanding questions about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities have been resolved.

Highlighting the transparency of Iran's nuclear policy, Hosseini said, "Iran would continue its activities and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran's program will remain under the supervision of the agency based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty and international laws." He stressed that Iran's peaceful nuclear issue was currently being discussed at the IAEA as "routine".

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