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Europe's approach effective in Iran's future decision

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 14, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday said that given that according to Paris agreement, suspension of enrichment process was voluntary, re-starting the uranium conversion facility (UCF) in Isfahan did not violate the document.

Speaking to reporters in his weekly briefing, He added that while suspension was voluntary, resumption of UCF activity does not require any permission.

"Therefore, Paris agreement has not been overlooked by Iran and the Europeans are being partial in interpreting the agreement in their own interest, which is not correct.

"Iran has normally been taking time to make decisions and the officials in charge have been enjoying sufficient expertise and intelligence," he added.

Concerning the September 3 meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors and the report expected to be submitted on Iran's nuclear dossier by the agency head, Mohamed ElBaradei, he said that he does not predict any result to be obtained at the meeting.

"As IAEA has admitted, Iran's nuclear activities are of peaceful nature. Therefore, the Board of Governors is not in a position to impose mandatory measures on Iran," he said.

Asefi referred to the report predicted to be presented by ElBaradei about Iran on September-3 meeting and noted that if the agency remains independent and conducts technical and specialized assessment, the report will naturally be in Iran's favor.

In response to a question raised by a reporter whether it would not be better to resume nuclear activities in Natanz, given the Europeans approach to the issue, the official said that such a decision is gradually taking shape and is being widely supported.

"However, this has to be decided by the heads of state and such a unanimous decision has not been reached yet," he added.

About the US attempt to establish an independent Kurdish government and a federal ruling system in Iraq, Asefi noted that what is of great significance is Iraq's integrity and respecting its international borders.

"Of course, within the borders of the country the issue of federalism has been brought up within the framework of integrity and respect for the international borders.

"It is up to the Iraqi people to decide in this respect. Neither US nor any other country is in position to interfere with the internal affairs of Iraq and their current problems stem from the US interference," added Asefi.

He pointed to Iran-Turkey security agreement and said that it has been signed in line with security cooperation between the two states to confront terrorism.

Asked about the possibility of any measure to be taken by Iran against terrorist groups such as PKK, he noted that the country will proceed to tackle any terrorist movement in the area to protect its frontiers and that it would not allow them to enter the country.

He stressed that Iran and Turkey are committed to security collaboration at their common borders.

On the recently reported unrests at some cities of Khuzestan province in southern Iran such as Ahvaz and the British interference in the events, he said, "According to the acquired information, unfortunately, Britons were involved in these riots.

"Some of the individuals behind the move, had been trained at British military bases in Iraq. On different occasions, we raised objection to the British officials and warned them against such interference."
In reply to a question whether it is not time to revise the national policy and strategy towards Europeans, he said that by restarting Isfahan UCF Iran actually changed its approach and let Europe know that it is impossible to go back in time.

"Meanwhile, in future we shall act like Europe. Preserving the national interest and security is of greatest importance to Iran.

We shall never overlook our legal rights to have access to peaceful application of nuclear technology," he added.

About the presence of the IAEA new inspection group in Iran, he said that they are following the routine procedure and that it is quite normal.

"In their proposal, the Europeans had ignored our legal right to nuclear fuel cycle. Sufficient measures were taken by Iran towards confidence-building and its restraint for two years was taken as a point of strength. Besides Europeans were provided with enough opportunity.

"It might be necessary for them to discuss the issue among themselves and find out wether they have the potential to solve such an issue," he added.

In response to the threat of referring the country's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council (UNSC), Asefi said that he has repeatedly said that UNSC is not the end of the world and that nothing special would happen.

"Besides, in that case, the Europeans will face more serious problems on the issue. They themselves are well aware of what we are saying," he said.

About the delay in implementing the pipeline project due to transfer gas from Iran to Pakistan via India, he noted that politically understanding has been reached on the issue.

"The officials of the three countries have announced their interest in the project on various occasions, while its technical and economic aspects as well as the procedure of implementing the pipeline is currently under assessment," concluded Asefi


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