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Larijani: Iran ready for talks with EU3

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 20, IRNA
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said here Tuesday that Iran is ready for talks with the EU3 but the talks which will not fall within framework of intimidation.

"I can not understand talks within framework of intimidation; that you ask to come to the negotiation table, but do threaten, is not negotiations, rather is a directive," said Larijani in an address to a press conference concurrent with the meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors in Vienna, Austria.

Larijani stressed there is no room for threats in talks and the three European states (Britain, France and Germany) should in talks with Iran play their role well.

Having noticed former behaviors of the three European states, Iranian nation has come to the conclusion that the states do not have necessary ability to settle the issue, said Larijani.

He said that unfortunately, Europe has in the corridor of talks with Iran over the past two years followed intimidating Iranian nation.

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said that the Iranian delegation had in talks with the EU3 foreign ministers and Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana in New York said continuation of the talks would be helpful.

He said it will be a good chance for the European states to show their ability on the international scene well.

He added that there is no legal and judicial foundation for referral of Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council.

He stressed that in case of referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council, Tehran would undoubtedly quit the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty's (NPT) safeguards and would not hesitate launching the enrichment project.

"We do not welcome tough ways; but if you wish to use the language of force, the Islamic Republic of Iran will have no way but to leave the NPT framework and to start the enrichment.

"If they wish to deal with the language of force and threaten Iran and consider us entitled to regulations beyond the NPT and send the case to the Security Council, Tehran will have no way but reconsider implementation of the additional protocol," said Larijani when asked about Iran's likely reaction to referral of its case to the UN Security Council.

To a question on the EU3 draft resolution on referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council, Larijani said, "The three European states insist on full suspension of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities; and they have in the resolution provided the Agency (IAEA) with more authorities, which show us somehow the path to the Security Council."
Larijani stressed that Iran is trying to lead the Agency towards logical behavior but the secret dealings inside the Agency prevents this.

The ultimate is their showing us the "bugbear" of the
UN Security Council and sending the case to the Council, said Larijani, adding that of course, referral of Iran's dossier to the Security Council will not at all mean the end of everything for the Iranian people.

Elsewhere in the interview, Larijani said Tehran considers the talks fruitful but one can not sit on the negotiation table under a tough atmosphere and one should tranquilize the atmosphere.

He stressed that dialogue should be based on performance and not the theory of interpreting the intention to deceive.

Addressing western states that allege Iran of engagement in non-peaceful nuclear activities, Larijani asked, "Do you have a will rendition device that accuse us? That's exactly the US preemptive theory."
He said, "We undertake the responsibility to be accountable to the IAEA and the NPT and Mr. Ahmadinejad's initiative only aims at confidence-building."
He asked western states not to build up pressure on Iran.

"Exerting more pressure on Iran with an aim to deprive the Islamic Republic from the nuclear technology will not be fruitful and the bullying will be vain."
Referring to the North Korean nuclear standoff, Larijani told western states, "In the case of North Korea, you accepted
it to continue to have enrichment and nuclear technology, but not to move in the line towards (access to) the nuclear weapons." He said western states should take lessons from North Korean project and not to play with Iranian nation's national prestige.

He added, "We consider negotiation to be constructive on condition that its aim is based on a definite framework."
Larijani went on to say that Tehran has not suspended talks with the three European states, rather those are the European states themselves that have suspended the negotiations.

He said that in talks with the EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana in New York, Iranian delegation had said that Tehran considers talks helpful and that the subject of the Iran-EU3 talks can be either Iran's initiative during term of Iran's former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani or President Ahmadinejad's initiative, or the proposal of Europeans or that of South Africa.

That Europeans wish to consider full suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran as the best objective guarantee is not negotiation and stopping Iran's enrichment activities does not need talks.

Iran tries to push a logical behavior into the IAEA, said Larijani, adding that Europeans' move to portray the UN Security Council as a dreadful bugbear would not bear any fruit.

"We will widen the scope of the talks and the two-year activities of the Islamic Republic in that regard is a proof that we are for talks."
He stressed that Tehran accepts what are known as the NPT safeguards, adding that the IAEA can not devise a new law only for Iran.

He noted that the Islamic Republic has under regular conditions showed its readiness for transparency.

Larijani said Iranian nation is entitled to have nuclear energy.

He said Iran's assets and backing is its national power and the country will never welcome a project that will force it leave the IAEA.

If certain countries wish to threaten Iran and devise regulations beyond the NPT, Iran will not hesitate to launch enrichment, said Larijani, adding that in case of any threats, Iran will have no way to preserve its technical achievements but leaving the NPT safeguards.

::IRNA No.039 20/09/2005 21:25 --End


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