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Ali Larijani Elected Iran's Parliament Speaker

Tehran, May 28, IRNA - Members of the eighth Majlis elected Ali Larijani, representative of the holy city of Qom, as the provisional speaker of the Iranian parliament on Wednesday.

The 8th Majlis was inaugurated on Tuesday with a message of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

Out of a total of 263 votes, Larijani, the single candidate for the post, won 232 ballots.

Larijani had previously served as Iran's top nuclear negotiator.

Majlis provisional presiding board would also be elected today.

The board would continue its work until credentials of all MPs are confirmed by the legislative body.

Larijani critical of US meddling with Iran-IAEA cooperation

After being elected to the Speaker post, Larijani expressed concern about mysterious US meddling with Iranian interaction with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"A mysterious diplomatic give-and-take is underway between US and the UN nuclear agency to bring baseless allegations against Iran," he said in his first reaction to a report IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei released on May 27.

Addressing the Majlis formal session, he said, "The Majlis will not allow such a deception to be made."

"If such a trend continues, the 8th Majlis will intervene in the case and set a new line for cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency," he said.

He regretted that several articles of ElBaradei's latest report have been written in an ambiguous way.

He also criticized media disinformation about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities in the past few days.

The IAEA has admitted that all nuclear substances of the enrichment fuel factory and the heavy water plant are under the agency's supervision, Larijani stressed.

The report has also stressed that no sign of enrichment-related reprocessing activities have been witnessed in Iran's installations and that the agency is monitoring the country's heavy water-related activities by satellite pictures, Larijani noted.

He urged the IAEA to issue law-based reports and not to be trapped by disinformation.

Several articles of the report prove that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not deviated from its peaceful nuclear program and that all the Iranian nuclear activities are under direct supervision of the UN nuclear watchdog, Larijani noted.

Larijani commends Lebanese Hezbollah leader

Larijani referred to the leader of Hezbollah of Lebanon, Hassan Nasrallah, as a strong castle against the US and Israel.

Larijani made the comment on Nasrallah's Monday speech in Beirut delivered to thousands of his supporters on the occasion of the eighth anniversary of Israeli pullout from southern Lebanon.

Larijani referred to Nasrallah as the "true son of the founder of the Islamic Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini."
"The great man (Nasrallah) has made no claim about assuming power in Lebanon after the recent breakthrough in that country which was a result of Hezbollah's resistance and initiative," Larijani said referring to the recent deal reach by various Lebanese political parties in Doha, Qatar, to end the country's protracted political crisis.

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