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Iran accepts negotiation offers from every country - Larijani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 27, IRNA
Iran-Larijani-Press Conference
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that Iran accepts negotiation offers from every country including the Europeans.

He told reporters that Iran is willing to form partnership with private or public sectors of other states in setting up nuclear power plants.

Larijani said that Iran's right to set up fuel cycle plant has been stipulated in the Charter of IAEA and Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"The path which is ahead of us is transparent and within the framework of NPT. We are ready to hold negotiations with every state and the Europeans for confidence building and giving them objective guarantee that Iranian nuclear program is civilian and never be diverted from civilian nature."
A reporter asked why Iran does not establish relations with the Zionist regime. Larijani said in response that Iran rejects relations with Israel, because the Zionist regime has occupied Palestinian territory.

"We have also voiced objection to the states which have formed relations with Israel. We have held meetings with officials of these countries to notify situation of Palestinians to them," he said.

In reference to the states which voted in favor of EU draft resolution against Iran, Larijani said, "They should know that they have stood against a nation which is determined to defend its own rights. Iran will revise its relations with any country which may adopt harsh stance toward Iran or try to impose arbitrary behavior." He said that the resolution does not mean referring Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council, but, an atmosphere of ambiguity prevails over the matter. "We will never surrender to extortion".

Larijani called on Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) to draw up an action plan for partnership of other countries in setting up nuclear power plants in Iran.

He said that Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan will never be closed again and the government will use all its capacity to make use of diplomatic means to settle the issue.

"I do not think hasty referral of Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council will benefit the US or the European countries. The region needs stability and the smoke of any escalation in the region will hurt their own eyes," he said.

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