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Iran-US talks on Iraq have impacts on nuclear case

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 26, IRNA
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Iran-US talks on Iraq security have impacts on nuclear case, Leader's representative to Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani said on Thursday.

Rowhani said that the current Iran-US negotiations on Iraq security will serve to ease tension about Iranian nuclear program.

"The US has created impediments in the way of national nuclear program and they are making decisions in this respect. So, the current talks on Iraq security may give a sense of understanding to the US about civilian purpose of Iranian nuclear program."

He said that preferably the political atmosphere between Iran and the US would be eased up in the process of talks on Iraq security.

Rowhani said that the Iranian government regards any assistance to the Iraqi government to overpower the violent groups as "significant work".

On Iran-US relations, he said elsewhere, "We have not taken an oath to avoid relationship with the US. Lack of goodwill on part of the US has been the stumbling block for restoring relations so far." He made it clear that the current Iran-US talks has focused on Iraq security and consultations to help normalize the situation in Iraq as per request from both the Iraqi government and the US.

Responding to a question on Russian failure to fulfill its promise on completion of Bushehr power plant in 2006, he said the Russians were scheduled to commission the plant in 2005, but they delayed.

"And then, President Vladimir Putin vowed to complete it in 2006, when I met him in Moscow, but, for the second time they broke their promise, and they have declared it will be operational in 2008." "Russia is an important country, having various cooperation with Iran, but it failed to abide by its commitments in nuclear cooperation with Iranians," he said.

He said that both the former and the incumbent governments' decisions on the nuclear program are based on a strategy in this respect.

Touching on remarks of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on the former team of negotiators on nuclear program that "The team had observed the red lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran", he said, "We never accepted suspension of nuclear program even for one minute."
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