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Iran criticizes Germany over release of PJAK ringleader

Source: ISNA, Teharn

Iran says PJAK ringleader has been arrested by Germany in a show and is now released.

Unfortunately, European countries are accused of sponsoring terrorism despite their slogans on human rights, said Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on his Tuesday press conference.

The PJAK terrorist group ringleader has committed many crimes and Iran has been chasing him for several years but Germany arrested him in a show and then released him, he said.

He then urged Germany and all European countries to show they are seriously pursuing war against terrorism.

He also emphasized western countries do not fight with terrorism but encourage and strengthen it.

Mehmanparast also announced President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will travel to Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Asked about the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) revision conference in the upcoming months and Iran's stance in this regard, he said Iran is concerned about the IAEA function and approach.

If the agency loses its legal behavior under political pressures, then it would lose its reputation and validity, he said and added, all NPT parts must be reviewed.

The global threat is not posed by peaceful nuclear activities of countries but by nuclear weapon owners that move towards its proliferation, he said.

"The Quds occupying regime is the greatest threat to the region with a record full of invasion and crime, if the Agency wants to be successful in revising the NPT, it must rectify double-standard and discriminatory behaviors that take place under political pressures."

Asked whether Japan will be the supplier of Tehran's research reactor nuclear fuel, he said it makes no difference which country supplies the fuel, Tehran welcomes any country that is ready to do it.

He also felicitated Iraq over its Sunday parliamentary election saying with establishment of a popular government the two countries would have better and more cooperation in the future.

Also regarding recent remarks by the head of the US Central Command General David Petraeus over Iran, he said Tehran believes the US officials are very angry and out of this anger they express words that has no diplomatic and humane value and is similar to thuggery.

Meanwhile, asked about the West pushing China to accept further sanctions against Iran, he said, China is strong and capable enough not to decide its foreign policies according to pressures of the US and the Zionist regime.

"A great country such as China is expected to avoid being influenced by others," he continued.

Also over the West petrol sanction against Iran, he said "we don't believe that countries are ready enough to mover toward energy-related issues. Making the energy market sensitive through such remarks would have its consequences."

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