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Iran calls for peaceful settlement of its N-case: Larijani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Ankara, May 8, IRNA
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Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani here Monday called for peaceful settlement of the country's nuclear case in a most transparent way.

Larijani, who arrived in Ankara, Turkey, Monday morning to hold talks with senior Turkish officials, made the call while speaking to reporters at Ankara airport.

"Iran regards cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a major item on its agenda. We believe the agency should be one of the major arbiters in this nuclear case," he said.

He said that the transfer of the case to the United Nations Security Council was a discredit to the IAEA," Larijani said.

Asked about his message for senior Turkish officials, he pointed out that Iran and Turkey, as two civilized and Muslim countries in the region, have deep-rooted ties and also share common values.

"The two countries, with a long history of friendly ties dating 400 years back, have several grounds for cooperation in the political and economic fields," he suggeste.

Asked whether Iran was determined to pull out of the
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the SNSC secretary said: "We regard the NPT as a good international treaty and see no reason to pull out of it unless we are forced to because of unjustified US
intimidation."
Larijani, during his stay in the Turkish capital, is scheduled to hold separate meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and National Security Council Secretary-General Yigit Alpogan.

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