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Jalili: Iran to continue uranium enrichment as long as necessary

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 27, IRNA -- Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili said Iran will continue enriching uranium as long as it needs to do so.

Making the remark at a press conference after conclusion of talks with the G5+1 representatives in Almaty on Wednesday, he also noted that right to enrichment is a well-acknowledged one for all members of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

He said Iran is practicing its right to meet its needs.

He noted that Iran will practice all kinds of enrichment, either 5 percent or 20 percent, to meet its needs.

As for the Almaty talks, the Iranian security chief added that the talks were positive and could be completed by adopting a positive attitude and taking positive measures.

Stressing that Iran has always welcomed dialogue, Jalili said Tehran has constantly highlighted that dialogues should serve to promote cooperation.

He said such measures as exerting pressure to advance talks is doomed to failure, he added.

Noting that some assumed they were imposing "paralyzing" sanctions on Iran since the Moscow talks, he said the world now acknowledge the fact that pressures and sanctions have produced no results.

The best way to correct such a wrong behavior is to take a new direction, he added.

Jalili indicated that the G5+1 representatives were trying to bring their views closer to those of Iran which was a good gesture.

Answering a question on situation in Syria, Jalili said Iran has from the beginning stressed that there is only one solution to the issue of Syria and that is democracy.

He said all Syrians have to join hands and decide their destiny in free elections.

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