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Ahmadinejad: Tehran has already taken one step toward IAEA

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Kerman, July 21, IRNA -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stressed that Iran has already taken one step toward the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA).

The President made the remarks in reaction to a Russia proposal to adopt a 'step-by-step' approach to settle Iran's nuclear issue.

He was addressing a ceremony to celebrate registration of Shahzadeh Mahan Garden in international heritage list in Kerman province.

Saying that Iran has already taken measures to cooperate with the IAEA, he said “Now, you should take your step.

He underlined that “you will take one step and we will take one.”

'We have asserted that we do not want bombs and have also made it clear that if we want any bombs, we have no fear of anyone to announce it,' President Ahmadinejad added.

Denying claims that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a threat to regional and European countries, President Ahmadinejad added that accusations that Iran seeks to strike Russia or Europe with missiles are lies.

'Iran does not need to do so because it has cordial relations with Russia and others,' he said.

On July 13, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov laid out a new “step-by-step” approach that would enable Iran to take steps to address questions raised by the UN nuclear agency on the country's nuclear program.

So far, Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly announced that it has no intention to build atomic weapons.

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