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Larijani: Nuclear weapons have no place in Iran's defense doctrine

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Ankara, May 8, IRNA
Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani here Monday in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Yigit Alpogan, said that nuclear weapons have no place in Iran's defense doctrine.

He stressed that Iran is fully prepared to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if its nuclear case is reverted to the agency.

To assure Turkey that there is no cause for possible anxieties over the issue, he declared that Iran is fully ready to cooperate with this country in the nuclear field.

Turning to Iran's efforts to solve the nuclear issue through diplomatic means, the SNSC secretary said, "If the case is treated improperly, Iran will have to take a different approach."
Criticizing the US, he said that despite Iran's goodwill and positive cooperation in this respect, the negative interference of the US administration makes the situation more difficult.

Larijani expressed his satisfaction with the progress in Iraq's political trend and formation of the government of national unity.

For his part, Alpogan urged the need to solve Iran's nuclear case peacefully and diplomatically within the framework of the IAEA.

The Turkish official appreciated Iran's attempts in campaign against the terrorist PKK group and reiterated the need for cooperation between the two state on regional issues.

Alpogan also declared Turkey's support for Iraq's integrity, promotion of security and stability in this country and formation of a broad-based government.

Meanwhile, Larijani is scheduled to confer with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul today.

The SNSC secretary heading a high-ranking delegation arrived in Ankara on Monday morning on an official visit.


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