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Iran not to withdraw from NPT: Larijani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 16, IRNA
Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that Tehran was not contemplating withdrawal from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Speaking to reporters after meeting with visiting Deputy Chinese Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai, Larijani said the NPT provided a good framework for resolving nuclear problems in the contemporary world although "it is not implemented well."

He said the fact that the treaty is not consistently implemented does not necessarily mean that Iran would reject it.

"Iran is a responsible member of the international community and respects international laws, rules and regulations just as it insists on enforcement of its rights within these regulations," Iran's top nuclear negotiator said.

Asked to comment on the United Nations Security Council resolution obliging Iran to suspend uranium enrichment by Aug 31 or face tougher action, Larijani said Tehran's nuclear policies will continue unafffected.

"Iran's nuclear case is not so complicated that it cannot be resolved by negotiations," Larijani said.

He added that Iranian authorities insist the nuclear dispute can still be resolved through negotiations and on reasonable grounds "although some certain states are pushing for other ways." He cautioned that pressure and threats by the West of a possible imposition of sanctions would not resolve the dispute but could only push Tehran to review its nuclear policy.

"If they are intent on depriving the nation of its right, we will review our policy," Larijani stressed.


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