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FM spokesman: US talks not on the table

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Dec 8, IRNA --Spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that negotiations with the US has never been on the working agenda of the Iranian government.

Speaking in his weekly press briefing, Ramin Mihman-Parast said that debate on the subject of talking to the US government, if any, has been limited to the nuclear issue.

On a question about a projected joint US-Israeli military exercise, apparently related to Iran, he called it a psychological war which is not worthy to pay attention to. He emphasized that Iran is fully ready to defend itself and this is a fact of which they are well aware.

He said an Iranian delegation will participate in the forthcoming Copenhagen Climate Change Conference , adding that Iran will put emphasis on the need for using clean fuels in the world including nuclear energy as one of the most important climate-friendly fuels.

Referring to a question about mediation between Iran and the US by certain countries, Mihman-Parast said Iran’s positions are fully transparent and thus there is no need to have mediators to explain them.

On energy-related issues, he said there exist good grounds for cooperation with India and Pakistan including the projected construction of the Peace Pipeline.

The spokesman criticized the US government for designating the year-end deadline for Iran and said these fruitless threatening tactics will not succeed in denying Iran its basic rights of having the valuable nuclear science.

He said the US government follows an illegal procedure in the imprisonment of Iranian nationals and tries to arrest them on false grounds and by hatching plots against them in some countries.

He confirmed that 11 Iranians have so far been arrested in different countries and said the Iranian Foreign Ministry has followed the case and managed to free 4 of the imprisoned Iranians. He said by arresting Iranians the US is trying to put political pressure on Iran.

On the nuclear issue, he said Iran’s peaceful nuclear policy is supported by many countries including the members of the Non-Aligned Movement and also the Organization of the Islamic Conferece.

He also referred to Iran’s good relations with Syria and Turkey at the highest level and said the last week visit of head of Iran’s National Security Council Saeed Jalili with the Turkish prime minister has been within the brotherly neighboring relations to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

Mihman-Parast confirmed previous remarks of the Parliament speaker about NPT who had said that in case Iran’s rights as an NPT member are not respected, Iran will reconsider its relations with the UN nuclear agency. He reminded that this viewpoint has been ratified by 226 members of parliament in a statement in which the government is required to decrease the maximum undertakings of the country toward the NPT if Iran’s rights are not fully considered.

He said Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will attend an annual security conference which is to be held in Manama, Bahrain, adding that as an active and cooperative state in the regional affairs, Iran will take advantage of this opportunity to express its viewpoints on various regional and international affairs.

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