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UNSC should not bar Iran from conducting scientific research: Larijani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Athens, May 10, IRNA
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The United Nations Security Council should not bar Iran from conducting scientific research in the field of nuclear energy, said the visiting Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here Tuesday.

Larijani, who is here for an official visit, made the remarks during a press conference with members of the Greek press and mass media.

Larijani arrived in Greece early Tuesday heading a high-ranking delegation to discuss major regional and international developments with Greek officials.

Asked about the Russian and Chinese positions on its nuclear standoff with the West, Larijani said "they have not betrayed Iran" as "countries are free to adopt stances on international issues based on their capacities."
He stressed that Tehran enjoyed "good relations" both with Moscow and Beijing.

On reports the US has already entered Iranian territory in preparation for an attack, Larijani said "the US dare not" and warned that Iran would be "a very difficult target" for the Americans.

Results of recent polls conducted in the region show that over 75 percent of the populations of Muslim states in the region are against US policies both at the regional and international levels as well as its presence in the Middle East, Larijani said.

He said that the Greeks' recent, massive anti-war demonstrations were also an indication of the willingness of all nations to come to the defense of international peace and of their opposition to any US-led war.

Larijani noted that Washington falsefully portrayed Iran as a regular producer of enriched uranium while "we have no facility for producing enriched uranium but are only in the research stage." Referring to the Russian offer to enrich Iranian uranium on Iran's behalf in Russian territory as one way of removing
international concerns over Iran's nuclear program, Larijani said:
"The haste with which the US created an international outcry on Iran's nuclear activities prevented Iran from studying the proposal." Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said the Russian proposal needed more time for scrutiny from the technical, economic, scientific and practical points of view.

The US and certain European states deprived Iran of the chance to carefully examine the offer and make the necessary consultations with Russian experts, Larijani concluded.

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