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Iran's N-activities under IAEA supervision: Asefi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 23, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Tuesday again stressed that Iran's nuclear activities were being conducted under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) supervision.

Asefi was remarking with surprise over repeated, erroneous statements made by Saudi officials recently on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

"Iran has taken measures to build confidence (on its peaceful nuclear program), he said.

"Iran never intended to build atomic bombs and has no need to do so. We expect Saudi officials not to be influenced by the false claims of others," Asefi added.

He said that while Iran supports the campaign for a region free from weapons of mass destruction, the right to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes was a right of all countries, including Iran.

"It seems certain people have forgotten the nuclear weapons of the Zionist regime but wants to put Iran under pressure because it insists on its right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes." He said the Islamic Republic of Iran should hold consultations with Persian Gulf littoral states to allay fears over its nuclear program, adding that direct talks would be the best means of airing opposing views.

Pointing to an upcoming visit of Omani Foreign Minister Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah to Tehran, he noted that the Omani minister had previously visited Iran and the two countries have "good ties." "Officials of the two sides have exchanged several visits within the framework of bilateral relations and regional cooperation."


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