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Iran's nuclear issue has been politicized, Larijani tells foreign reporters

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, July 26, IRNA
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said on Thursday that the time-out proposed by IAEA Director General Mohamed Elbaradei is different form suspension of uranium enrichment.

"ElBaradei's theory concerns a recess in confrontation and remain at the current stage."

He told foreign reporters that Iranian nuclear issue has become political, but, it will be resolved easily if its legal and technical dimensions to be examined.

He brushed aside the US officials charges that Iran has nuclear weapons program.

He criticized the western powers for double standard citing allegation of US undersecretary of state John D. Negroponte that Iran will have nuclear bomb by 2015.

"It is ridiculous they took us to the Security Council alleging that we will have bomb by 2015, whereas, nuclear arms has no place in Iranian defense doctrine," he said.

He said that the Western powers well know that Iranian nuclear program is for civilian purpose and Iran is far away from nuclear bomb, but, they kept silent toward the Israeli stockpiling of nuclear weapons.

Larijani said US is opposed to time-out as a base for negotiations and misuses Iranian nuclear issue for political objectives.

Larijani recalled suspension of uranium enrichment three years ago saying, "We accepted the proposal of three European foreign ministers for suspension of uranium enrichment for a few weeks which lasted two years.

But after that period, they offered us a plan which in fact was nothing."

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