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Asefi: President's letter to Bush not to influence nuclear issue

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 9, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Tuesday said that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to his US counterpart, President George W. Bush did not aim to influence the country's nuclear issue.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of Majlis open session, he said that the government does not intend to used the letter in favor of the nuclear case, given that there are sufficient legal reasons in this regard.

Asefi noted that it is just a mere coincidence that Ahmadinejad's letter was delivered while the country's nuclear dossier is high on the agenda.

"Once the time arrives to reveal the letter's content and it is officially released, the public can make a better judgment about it.

"It is quite normal that questions are raised on the issue.

However, we should wait until Bush reads the letter and declares his country's official approach. According to ethics, the receiver of the letter should be the first individual to express his view about it," he added.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman referred to the reaction of the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as unofficial.

Concerning the remarks of Chinese representative to the UN Security Council (UNSC), he said, "What he said has nothing to do with Ahmadinejad's letter to President Bush, given that they had been said prior to delivery of the letter.

"China's representative had declared his country's opposition to using force under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter against Iran," he added.

Turning to the fact that Iran will continue cooperating with the UN nuclear watchdog, he said that the capacities of the agency are believed to be sufficient to solve the issue.

Asefi said that the meeting held by the five permanent UNSC members plus Germany (5+1) on Monday night had no positive outcome, adding that the issue will be discussed in another general directors meeting on Wednesday.

"Despite all the pressure exerted by the US on the countries involved in the case, Iran will insist on its principled approach towards its nuclear case," Asefi said.


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