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US shows double standards over Iran's nuclear program: Larijani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Ankara, May 8, IRNA
Secretary of Iran Supreme National Security Council Ali larijani criticized here Monday what he called as US' double standards vis-a-vie Iran's nuclear program.

In an exclusive interview with the Turkish NITV network, Larijani added that since the beginning of the Islamic revolution the US has been antagonistic towards Iran.

While they signed an agreement with the Shah's regime on nuclear energy they have tried to punish the Iranian people who had toppled the Shah' regime.

He said the US supports Israel who has nuclear weapons and signs a nuclear agreement with India which is not a member of the Non-Proliferation-Treaty (NPT).

The aim of the US in opting for double standards is to gain a foothold in the region and in this vain it refrains from implementing international agreements.

"If Americans are in favor of peace and stability in the region they should abide by international conventions."
On a question of possibility of US attack on Iran, he added that if they are wise they will not commit such a mistake. Iran is not Iraq, Iranian government has been chosen by the people and Iran is a powerful country, he stated.

The Iraqi regime prior to the US attack had no legitimacy internally and had not cordial relations with its neighbors.

If the US makes a mistake, it will lead to other mistakes. The US wants to deprive Islamic countries of access to nuclear knowledge and this will also hurt Turkey, the Iranian chief nuclear negotiator underlined.

"The people of the region are concerned about the US actions and the US should behave rationally."
On Iran-Turkey relations, he added the two neighbors have cordial relations and there are no problems in their ties.

The expansion of political, security and economic cooperation between Tehran and Ankara will help regional peace and stability and Iran wants to have relations with Turkey at the highest level.

On Iran-Turkey security cooperation and PKK activities against Turkey, Larijani said "We are against any sort of terrorist activities against Turkey."
He said the US carries out talks with PKK elements in Mosul and Kirkuk. "The US is in contacts with this terrorist group and fans the flame of the insecurity in the region."
Larijani said that there is no need for Turkey's likelihood incursion in northern Iraq to clamp down on PKK forces. Iraq and Turkey are two friendly countries and the issue could be resolved through diplomacy.

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani arrived in Ankara, Turkey, Monday morning to hold talks with senior Turkish officials.

Larijani, during his stay in the Turkish capital, will hold separate meetings with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul.

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.


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