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Asefi terms Rice's remarks against Iran as miscalculated

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 22, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Monday said that the remarks of the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice against Iran are miscalculated aiming to influence the next meeting of the five permanent UN Security Council member states plus Germany (5+1).

In an interview with the US television network, Fax News, on Monday, she referred to Iran as the central bank of terrorism, seeking to annihilate Israel and disrupt order in the Middle East.

The upcoming 5+1 meeting is scheduled to be held in London on Wednesday to examine Europe's proposal on Iran's nuclear issue.

According to a report released by the Foreign Ministry's Media Department, Asefi said, "The US attempts to pretend that Iran's nuclear issue is critical. Holding talks based on reason and justice in accordance with international laws is a more rational approach to solve the country's nuclear issue than creating fake and false atmospheres.

"The US intends to dictate its unilateral and wrong approaches to the world community and pressurize it," he added.

Asefi recommended the US administration to stop disregarding the the NPT regulations and warned it against interfering in Iran-IAEA cooperation trend, instead of considering itself as the ruler of the international community.

"In accordance with the international laws, Iran is entitled to access nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and will not give up such a right," concluded Asefi.


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