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No need to hold talks with US, says Larijani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Dubai, May 3, IRNA
Visiting Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here Tuesday said Iran sees no need in holding talks with the United States.

Larijani, who is currently in the UAE for an official visit, made the remarks while talking to reporters at a press conference.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran had not called on the US to hold talks. Rather, it was the US who repeatedly called for negotiations with Iran on developments in Iraq but these did not materialize," he said.

He rejected allegations Iran has been conducting covert nuclear activities in the past, saying "all (nuclear) activities in the country have been announced to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)."
He said Iran considers the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to be the applicable international law to govern nuclear activities of states and believes inspections should take place with the aim of upholding its provisions.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has been conducting its peaceful nuclear activities with transparency and sees no need to hide its activities."
The SNSC secretary further criticized the US for its "very poor performance in Iraq."
"The continuing instability in Iraq clearly shows the US' wrong approach to the country," he said.

Pointing to the atrocities committed daily by US soldiers against the Iraqi people, he pointed out instances when innocent civilians in their homes were raided by US forces and several of their members massacred.

"Iran has never contemplated war with neighboring states but Washington has already launched wars on many countries in the region."
He said Iran was ready to take more confidence-building measures but will never accept bullying.

He said Iran has enough uranium in its mines and will have no problem with regard of this material for nuclear fuel in the coming years.

Turning to Iran-UAE ties, he said the two countries enjoy deep-rooted economic and commercial ties.

"Iran has no problem with its neighbors. The problem is the United States because it intends to cause problems and discord among regional states and between Shiites and Sunnis."
Iran's SNSC secretary, heading a delegation, arrived in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday for an official visit.

His visit is taking place within the framework of regular meetings with officials of regional countries.


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