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Iran always supports constructive talks with IAEA: Majlis speaker

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 24, IRNA -- Speaker of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Ali Larijani stressed Sunday that Tehran has always supported holding constructive talks with the UN nuclear watchdog.

"Iran has nothing to hide concerning its nuclear activities and has, in the past few months, cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency beyond its normal obligations," Larijani said in his opening address to Majlis session this morning.

Commenting on the latest report presented by the IAEA's Director General Yukiya Amano on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, Larijani said since Tehran has been making all its nuclear moves under the direct IAEA supervision, "we expect to see a fair report by the agency chief."

The speaker regretted that parts of Amano's report were 'stereotypical and dictated to them in advance to confuse the international media."

"The IAEA is a professional international body in the nuclear area and should not act in a way which would lead to its self-destruction," Larijani stressed.

He added that if the report was published prior to Iran's nuclear talks in order to affect its trend, it should be realized that the report "would by no means influence the negotiators."

Iran and representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (US, Britain, Russia, France, China) plus Germany are to start talks in Kazakhstan on Tuesday (February 26).

Larijani said that the talks should be held based on obligations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and should not be disturbed by such conspiracies in the present situation.

The speaker added that the talks should be held in a way which would maintain Iran's legitimate nuclear rights.

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