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Iran welcomes Russia's stance on its nuclear case: Asefi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 16, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Sunday welcomed Russia's stance on Iran's nuclear program.

"The fact that the Russians have stressed Iran's nuclear case should be discussed and settled at the International Atomic Energy Agency and mentioned Iran's right, as a signatory to he
Non-Proliferation Treaty, to use nuclear technology, not only indicates Russia's good position but also is a proof of Iran's righteousness," he said.

Talking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference, he said, "What is going to happen in the future depends on the IAEA Board of Governors. It is clear to us that the US Administration and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will do their best to divert the case from its normal course which goes through the agency.

"We are well aware that the United States has put various states under pressure and hope that those countries will act independently," he said.

Shifting to involvement of South Africa in Iran's nuclear negotiations, he added, "South Africa is among important and influential countries which has good cooperation with Iran.

"We will hold talks with this country like other states. We have plans to negotiate with South Africa."
Asked about recent bombings in Iran's southwestern city of Ahvaz and remarks by police spokesman on possibility of foreigners' involvement in the bombings, the spokesman said, "Foreign Ministry has received no report in this regard.

"We do not speak without documents. Relevant organizations should comment on the issue after studying documents."
Asefi rejected the authenticity of Iran's designation as a mediator between Syria and Lebanon, saying, "Such an issue is not correct.

"We use our potential to establish friendship between Syria and Lebanon so that the two states can have a better understanding of their stance.

"We will use such potential to establish convergence among Muslim countries of the region including Syria and Lebanon and strive to ensure that the two sides will have good and constructive relations."
Asked about Iran's evaluation of Iraq referendum, the spokesman said the Iraqi nation had a massive participation in it.

"The Iraqi nation's turnout in this referendum showed the Iraqis are interested in building their future based on public participation.

"What is going on in Iraq is important for Iraq, Iran and the region and helps in establishing regional stability and security.

"We hope all a broad-based government will be established in Iraq.

and we will witness a secure and independent Iraq in the region," he said.



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