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EC chief: Iran not to accept dependence on other states in nuclear program

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 3, IRNA
Chairman of Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday that Iran will not accept dependence on other countries in nuclear program or cancelling fuel cycle.

In a meeting with Swiss Ambassador to Iran Philippe Welti, Rafsanjani said that Iran has developed nuclear know-how for civilian application of nuclear energy.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran's general policy focused on developing advanced technology including nuclear energy designed for non-military purpose.

Rafsanjani said that Iran is prepared to build confidence about its national nuclear program.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran suspended uranium enrichment to build confidence, but, our negotiating parties proved that they prefer procrastination and wanted to violate Iranian rights enshrined in Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)," Rafsanjani said.

Iran has stable foreign policy and pillars of powers in Iran are moving in line with established criteria, Rafsanjani said.

On Iraq, he said that Iran calls for territorial integrity and national sovereignty of the Iraqi nation over their own fate.

He said that Iran supports establishment of peace and security in Iraq and calls for an end to occupation of the country.

Rafsanjani made it clear that Iran supports Palestine and Lebanon on humanitarian and moral grounds and said that Iran will continue with its diplomatic support for the Palestinian nation.

The Swiss ambassador said that level of Iran-Swiss relations is satisfactory.

"We are seriously following up bilateral issues and have developed good economic and technical cooperation," Welti said.

On Iranian nuclear program, Welti said that the two parties should go ahead with confidence building to remove any misunderstanding.


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