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Rowhani recommends solving nuclear issue to avoid crisis

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 3, IRNA
Head of the strategic research department of the Expediency Council, Hassan Rowhani, in a meeting with the visiting chairman of German Parliament's Foreign Policy Committee, Ruprecht Polenz, here Wednesday said there is a way to solve Iran's nuclear issue and that neither side will benefit from crisis over the case.

The latest developments in Iraq and Afghanistan, regional security and ways of solving the country's nuclear case were high on the agenda of today's meeting.

Stressing the region's need to promote security and stability, he said that promotion of security is the major challenge facing Iraq's new government.

He pointed to the interference of the occupation forces in Iraq's security, in particular that of the US, as the major factor for continuous atrocity and terrorist acts in Iraq.

Hailing the achievement of the Iraqi people in electing a new government, he hoped that it will manage to stop the meddling of the foreign troops by using its legal authorities, promote security and stability in the domestic scene and improve the country's economy.

Concerning Afghanistan, he said that unfortunately security and stability has been merely established in some areas, while the rest of the country still suffers from insecurity and instability.

Criticizing the current policy of the foreign troops in Afghanistan and Europe's campaign against drugs, Rowhani said that after the US attack on the country production and smuggling of drugs have increased considerably compared to the Taliban era.

Rowhani also criticized the level and kind of cooperation of the Western countries with Afghanistan and said that Iran bears almost the entire burden of financing the campaign against drug smuggling in this country.

For his part, Polenz said that Iran's decision to resume its nuclear activities in Isfahan and Natanz and to suspend its commitments to the Additional protocol accounts for the added mistrust in Iran.

"Germany has always defended the rights of NPT member states, including Iran, to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

"Besides, we believe even now that Iran has succeeded in enrichment process, the best way to solve the issue is to accept the international guarantee for supply of the nuclear fuel required for the country's power plants through talks," he added.

Polenz pointed to various other proposals such as creating an international nuclear fuel reserve and the possibility of supplying Iran with such fuel.

"I personally believe that establishment of a multinational company with the membership of Iran and several other states to conduct enrichment outside Iran can solve the issue provisionally and give Iran time to attract the confidence of the international community," concluded the German MP.

In response to Polenz, Rowhani underlined that Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant has always served as a big sign of the Iranian people's mistrust in the promises and guarantees of other parties involved in the nuclear case.

"The history of this power plant clarifies the need for progress and technological independence for the people. Besides the resumption of nuclear activities in Isfahan and Natanz as well as suspension of the voluntary compliance with the terms of the Additional Protocol was the country's response to Europe's miscalculations in this regard.

"According to the agreements reached with the three EU ministers in Tehran on October 2003, Iran volunteered to comply with the Additional Protocol on the condition that Europe avoid reporting the case to the UN Security Council (UNSC) and using the language of threat against Iran," he added.

Rowhani said that therefore, now that the nuclear issue has been reported to the UNSC Europe should not expect Iran to proceed with confidence building measures unilaterally.

"If the West aims to guarantee that Iran will not deviate from peaceful nuclear path, the issue can certainly be solved through talks. Therefore, the most reasonable way to deal with the issue is to continue talks, given that crisis is not in the interest of either side.

Polenz heading a parliamentary delegation is visiting Iran to hold two days of talks with Iranian officials.


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