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Iran should not be lectured to, says chief nuclear official

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Sept 7, IRNA
Secretary General of Iran Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said here Wednesday that Iran is a big country and should not be talked to form a position of power.

At the end of his official one-day visit to Pakistan Larijani told IRNA that in his discussions with high-ranking Pakistani officials, "they were adamant that biased and one-sided behavior do not favor stability and security in the region and internationally." Some want to dish-out "nuclear apartheid" to others and this is a sort of biased and unjust behavior, Larijani stated.

He also expressed hope that regional cooperation will open new approaches for nations.

On a question as to whether under European and US pressure, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will send Iran's nuclear file to the UN Security Council, he added that "it seems that imprudent decisions will not be heeded."
In today international arena, unjust behavior will have no place and maybe it is effective in the short-term but will fail in the long-term, he added.

He further said that we will strive to inform the regional nations in our peaceful nuclear activities, adding "Iranians regard nuclear technology as an inalienable right."
He also stressed that peaceful nuclear technology is necessary for development of Iran.

The leader of Islamic revolution has also rejected use of nuclear weapons, Larijani stressed.

Larijani also emphasized adhering to regulations of the IAEA as an international body.

"We have had continuous and comprehensive cooperation with the nuclear watchdog organization."
He further rejected statements by some nations asserting that the cooperation is not adequate.

"To achieve our peaceful goals Tehran will cooperate within the framework of IAEA safeguards."
"IAEA should also abide to fairness. We are ready to negotiate with all countries to build confidence," he said.

"We will negotiate, but we should be prevented from having access to peaceful nuclear technology," Larijani added.

He said that his visit to Pakistan has been constructive saying that closer regional cooperation is desirable.

Pakistan said on Monday that no adventurism should be plotted against Iran over its peaceful nuclear programme and emphasized that all countries should respect their international rights and obligations.

"Pakistan wants peaceful resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue within the framework of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Naeem Khan told the weekly press briefing.

Iran's nuclear negotiator arrived here early Wednesday for talks on bilateral matters.

Pakistan's Additional Secretary Tariq Usman Haider and other senior officials received Larijani upon his arrival.

The Iranian nuclear negotiator was earlier scheduled to arrive here Monday but the visit was rescheduled for Wednesday.

He was appointed the country's chief nuclear negotiator by the new Iranian president to replace Hasan Rohani.



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