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Iran still committed to nuclear NPT - Larijani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beijing, Jan 5, IRNA
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said here on Friday Tehran is still committed to the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"We are still committed to the NPT, but if we would be further threatened our conditions, too, would be subject to alterations," said Larijani in a press conference here on Friday.

Larijani made the remark when asked whether Iran intends to end its NPT membership.

He said, "We consider the NPT as a satisfactory international law, although today this treaty is not implemented based on the rules of justice."

He said, "All the same, we are determined to pursue our peaceful nuclear program in the framework of the international rules and regulations, including the NPT."

In reply to another question on objectives of his China visit, Larijani said, "Following President Ahmadinejad's June state visit of China and his meeting with his Chinese counterpart it was necessary to follow up the objectives of their agreements, including further expansion of bilateral ties, which is the reason why I am here." He added, "In my meetings with Chinese officials so far we have also exchanged ideas on nuclear and regional issues."

A reporter asked whether in his meeting with President Hu Jintao Larijani had also discussed the recent anti-Iran UNSC resolution, to which China and Russia, too, have for the first time voted positively.

Larijani replied, "We know which country is the main initiator of that move and we know this process would not lead to any tangible results, since it is faced with numerous problems."

He once again stressed the Iranian nation's absolute right to have access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, arguing, "The Islamic Republic of Iran would pursue its nuclear program based on regulations of the IAEA.


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