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Tehran rejects any proposal not securing its rights: Hosseini

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 13, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini, said on Sunday that Tehran rejects any proposal or incentive in return for securing rights of the Iranian nation.

He told reporters, "We reject any proposal that would disregard or restrict Iran's rights."

He made the remarks in response to a question about any proposal to be set forth by the Group 5+1 to Tehran during Shanghai session.

The Group 5+1 -- United States, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany -- are to meet in Shanghai, eastern China, on April 16.

The meeting, to be held at the level of political directors of the Group, is expected to discuss Iran's nuclear standoff with the West.

On recent remarks by French French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on possibility of considering more sanctions against Iran, Hosseini said, "The sanction policy is an obsolete policy and would never be practical, particularly when they are based on illegal and unlawful resolutions issued by the UN Security Council."

He urged the other side to understand the realities of Iran's peaceful nuclear program and make decisions on that basis.

Kouchner said Tuesday the international community must consider "reinforcing" sanctions against Iran if it does not respond to concerns about its nuclear program.

As to the possibility of confrontation between Turkish and Iraqi armies and the impact of such event on Iran's border areas, he said the Islamic Republic of Iran has always underscored the need for diplomatic ways and avoid any damage on the neighborly ties between Iraq and Turkey. He called for coordination of the three countries -- Iran, Turkey, Iraq -- having joint borders.

He expressed the hope that the terrorist groups would have no chance to materialize their objectives through cooperation of the regional states.

Asked about Iran-Saudi Arabia consultation on Lebanon, Hosseini said the consultations are underway in this respect.

He hoped that the Lebanese nation would survive the current situation through consensus of various Lebanese political parties.


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