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Pakistan believes in Iran's right to use peaceful nuclear energy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 8, IRNA
Islamabad believed in Iran's natural right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, said Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here Wednesday evening.

He made the remarks while speaking to reporters at Mehrabad International Airport upon his return home from one-day visit to Pakistan.

Larijani termed Islamabad's stand regarding Tehran's peaceful nuclear activities, both in the past and at present, as "good". he added that the two neighboring states share identical views regarding major developments including regional security.

"Iran attaches special importance to Pakistan", he said adding such an attitude stems from Islamabad's crucial position in the region and the fact that it is Iran's important Muslim neighbor.

Asked if China would enter into Iran's nuclear case as a "mediator," Larijani said what is important to Iran is that its nuclear case be settled within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and on the basis of safeguard agreement.

"Iran obeys international regulations as it has no doubt about the nature of its nuclear activities. We are confident that our nuclear technology is clean," Larijani stressed.

"Other countries can help Iran's nuclear case pass through a right track at the IAEA. Cooperation by countries such as China, Pakistan and Russia would be useful for Tehran," he said.

Asked if Iran was trying to add to the number of negotiating parties in its nuclear talks, Larijani said Tehran had no idea about increasing or decreasing the number of negotiating parties in the talks.

Larijani further underlined the need to talk to all member states of the IAEA Board of Governors to clarify Iran's rights. He added Tehran would welcome any proposal in that regard.

On possibility of referring Iran's case to the UN Security Council, the SNSC head said the recent report by the IAEA Secretary General Mohamed ElBaradei verified Iran's close cooperation with the agency.

"There is no reason to refer Iran's dossier to the UNSC as the big powers have finally understood that they should not use force against a great nation like Iran," Larijani stressed.

"No one would benefit from an insecure Iran," he concluded.



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