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Asefi urges IAEA to refrain from radicalization

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 18, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday recommended the UN nuclear watchdog to refrain from a radical and unilateral attitude towards Iran's nuclear case.

Referring to Monday session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he said, "If the IAEA puts aside its legal and technical work in its next day session and acts politically, the atmosphere will become radical".

Addressing domestic and foreign reporters during his weekly press briefing, he expressed the hope that the IAEA session would pave the way for negotiations.

Otherwise, the Islamic Republic would make decision on the basis of the outcome of the meeting, he added.

Threats and pressures will have adverse consequences, Asefi said.

He called on the Europeans and the IAEA to look into Iran's nuclear case with logic, stressing that the language of threat and pressure will bear no fruit.

"The IAEA should not ask anything more of us than Tehran's commitment regarding the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The Islamic Republic is not familiar with the language of threat," the foreign ministry spokesman noted.


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