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Hosseini says Iran continues cooperation with IAEA

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 28, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said here Sunday that Iran continues its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stressing it has not suspended cooperation with the agency.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Hosseini said nationality of inspectors prevented by Iran from entering the country was not important.

"Signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) have the right not to accept certain IAEA inspectors and replace them with others," he said.

Asked about Iran's response to the UN Security Council Resolution 1737 during remaining time set by the council, the spokesman said, "Iran's plans will not be limited to 60 days. In that case, problems will not be settled."

Hosseini added, "Threats, sanctions and resolution will not make Iran withdraw from its inalienable rights."

In response to a question on Iran's diplomacy in the region, he said, "Strengthening solidarity among regional states is among Iran's goals.

"Iran also intends to hold consultations to settle regional crises.

"If the US policies are implemented in the region, it will lead to more instability."

Hosseini also pointed to the recent visit by Saudi National Security Council Secretary Bandar Bin Sultan to Iran and his talks with Iranian officials and said, "The Saudi envoy also stressed that cooperation between Iran and Saudi Arabia will serve to settle several problems of the Islamic world."

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