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Erdogan: No force should be used against any country pursuing peaceful nuclear program

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 28, IRNA -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Teyyip Erdogan says no one has the right to use force against a country whose nuclear activities are peaceful.

Addressing a joint press conference with Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi here on Wednesday, Erdogan said any wise man is against use of nuclear technology as arms and there should be no opposition to peaceful nuclear activities.

On Iran-G5+1 talks, Erdogan said, 'We had already proposed hosting the talks in Istanbul and the Iranian party too has announced its readiness to that end.'

He said, 'We had also talks with the other party to the G5+1 talks and are waiting for results of the consultations and their viewpoint. Our view is based on helping process of the talks.'

Elsewhere in his remarks, Erdogan pointed to the plan to increase volume of trade relations between his country and Iran to the tune of USD 35 billion. 'In 2011 the trade exchanges exceeded USD 16 billion and our goal is to raise the figure to USD 35 billion by 2015. Ministers of the two countries, especially the ministers in charge of commerce and economy shoulder a grave duty in this connection.'

He said a meeting similar to present one held in Tehran will be held in Turkey by the second half of 2012 with participation of the Iranian first vice president to follow up the Tehran discussions.

He declined to answer a question whether he was carring any message from certain western countries to Iran.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80054316

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