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Ahmadinejad: Iran to give response to Ashton's letter soon

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9002-12119

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the country would soon give response to Ashton's letter for resumption of nuclear talks.

Ahmadinejad speaking in the 4th UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in Turkey on Monday, said, "I think the response to this letter will soon be sent by the relevant authorities in Iran to (EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine) Ashton."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran hails the P5+1 return to the table of talks. Moreover, it is always ready for talks under the framework of justice, respect and cooperation and we hope that the other parties come to understand that the dialogues should be made under the same framework."

He expressed hope Istanbul talks would bear final results.

"Iranian nation and government never deviated from rules of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and we hope that negotiating parties should finally accept the rules and I hope some steps be taken forward in Istanbul talks."

Ashton, in a letter sent in early February following the January talks in Istanbul, reiterated the group's position on Iran's nuclear issue.

She also affirmed that the world powers were keen to continue talks with Iran without any preconditions.

Also regarding his evaluation of the US reports on death of Osama Bin Laden, Ahmadinejad said, "basically, we do not have faith in the intentions of the US and its news since the US took advantage of the name of Osama bin Laden and imposed the heaviest military operation against the region which claimed lives of one million people."

"Release of the news by the US makes it possible that they are trying to put an end to the story of 9/11 attack, since if an independent fact-finding group's probe certifies that the US intelligence in the attack has been unilateral, the world reaches another decision on the US measures."

"The US is likely to spread violence to Pakistan through release of the press news, but we warn Mr. Obama to learn lesson from the fate of Mr. Bush. The best way for the US administration is to pull out forces from the region."

Also in another meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the two sides stressed necessity to respect people's rights and adopt humane approaches to settle problems.

"The UN can restrain killing of people and establish peace in the region and the world through talks between protestors and regional governments."

Ahmadinejad in the meeting raised concerns over outsiders' interference in Syria and said, "western countries' support for protestors in Syria may spread tension to Europe."

He also added, "Syrian nation and government can fix their problems through talks and that foreigners' meddling will result in nothing but escalate tensions."

Ahmadinejad also met his Turkish and Afghan counterparts on the sidelines of the conference where they discussed recent regional and international developments and stressed expansion of relations.

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