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Jalili: Iran's nuclear issue not complicated

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said here late Thursday that Iran's nuclear issue is not complicated but fully transparent.

"Today, transparency of Iran's nuclear activities has turned into an important test for verification of behavior of those who claim otherwise," Jalili told reporters upon arrival in Tehran after a visit to Brussels.

Jalili added, "Iran's nuclear activities have turned into a test for verification of certain governments' claim so as to show whether they really move in line with transparency or want to deprive Iran of its rights."

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council said that today, no more grounds exist for numerous anti-Iran allegations.

"The recent report of Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohammed ElBaradei as well as the US NIE report today show that Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful and this is clear to all," he added.

He stressed that Iran's cooperation with the IAEA still continue, hoping that ElBaradei would present a complete report in that connection.

The Iranian official said that in meetings and sessions during his three-day stay in Brussels there were acknowledgement to certain wrong approaches and behaviors towards Iran.

He said, "With removal of many ambiguities and allegations and clarification of the point that many charges raised against Iran by certain powers had been wrong, one could turn these challenges into cooperation today."

Elsewhere in his remarks, Jalili said common pattern for expansion of cooperation with Europe can serve as a suitable framework for expansion of bilateral ties.

"Components of the model and method are cooperation for promotion of democracy, guaranteeing security, repelling mutual threats, security, energy and having commercial transactions," said the Iranian official.

Underlining significance of the components of democracy, Jalili said, "Had Iran's proposal for finding a democratic solution to the Palestinian issue been taken into consideration, the world would not have been witnessing such horrible events in Palestine today." He went on to say that any security in any part of the world could affect other parts. "Today, the world people have come to the point that a powerful Iran can play an important and key role in regional - and consequently - in global security. The Islamic Republic of Iran is also shouldering a decisive and constructive role in the world's energy supply and security."

He said Iran has provided a good ground for economic cooperation due to its software and hardware capital.

Asked about differences in comments of Russians and those of the US and France regarding Iran's nuclear issue, Jalili said, "Difference in the remarks attributed to them stem reveal from difference in stances. This shows that difference of opinion still exists and the West has failed to reach consensus."

To a question about a third resolution and the possibility of issuance of tougher sanctions, Jalili said, "Sanctions today would be more against interests of the people who support the idea. They have in fact deprived themselves of Iran's capacities. Undoubtedly, those who want to move in line with sanctions would also have a share in the losses of those who have thus far been the main sufferer of the sanctions."

He went on to say, "Today, Iran's transparency and righteousness have brought about difficulty for those who want to move in the direction opposed to international logic."

As for certain foreign media claims that the meeting of Jalili and the EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Javier Solana merely aimed at ensuring continuation of such visits and contained nothing special, Jalili said, "Solana came to my residence and in the meeting we discussed framework of cooperation in different fields and the need for continued dialogue." He said no new clause had been added to the draft resolution.

To a question about certain Western media claims that Jalili's visit to China had not been much successful and it was a sign of failure of Iran's diplomacy, Jalili said, "The current which seeks issuance of resolution, has failed." He said today, the world public opinion puts a big question mark next to those who turn to resolutions.

As for the recent remarks by the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on possibility of Iran's presence in the P5+1 meetings, i.e. possibility of Iran and the US sitting on the negotiation table, Jalili said, "Our response (to the question) has always been: Change of behavior is important. If they (Americans) claim they have adopted a behavior different from campaign against Iran, they should show that in practice."

Elsewhere in his remarks, Jalili said Iran's nuclear case has a past and present. "As for the present status of Iran's nuclear issue (it should be said), even the US intelligence agencies admit that there are no ambiguities and the activities are fully peaceful." As for the past situation of Iran's nuclear issue, Jalili said, "We reached agreement with the IAEA to clarify the ambiguities and charges they (the West) used to raise."

Asked about Iran's stance towards a proposal for return of the country's nuclear case to the IAEA from the UN Security Council on condition that it suspended uranium enrichment, Jalili said, "Reference of Iran's nuclear case to the UN Security Council was on a wrong basis. Today, when the charges, which were raised on the wrong basis, have been removed, the case should automatically and not conditionally return to the IAEA."

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