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Tehran rejects IAEA offer for face-to-face talks with US

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 7, IRNA
Acting Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli here Tuesday rejected the IAEA Chief Mohammad ElBaradei's offer for direct talks with the US on Iran's nuclear problem.

"Minor talks can however be held within the G5+1 framework with the US as a member of the UN Security Council so as to solve the nuclear issue speedily," said Fazli.

He also rejected the west's suggestions on Iran's nuclear problem and said, "Tehran does not accept any idea calling for suspension of uranium enrichment."
He called on the West to put forward the ideas which could both honor Iran's legitimate right and allay their real concerns.

As for Iraq, Fazli dismissed the US' "repetitive" accusations against Iran and said that's a mere propaganda to cover up Washington's real image. "Tehran has evidence that Americans do not cooperate with Iraq's legal government seriously and that they occasionally incite and mobilize different factions and ethnic groups against the government there," he added.

Underlining the need for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq based on a timetable, Fazli said, "I believe one cannot predict prospect of talks due to Americans' insincerity and unstable behaviors."

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