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West scenarios against Iran propaganda show: Larijani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 16, IRNA -- Western countries' scenarios, including sanctions on its oil, military threats and assassinations are propaganda show against IRI regional inspiring role and scientific progresses, Iran Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said here Monday.

He made the remarks in an interview with the Iranian Arabic langage news channel the Al-Alam.

The Iran Parliament Speaker underscored that “Iran’s drills in Strait of Hormuz could have worried the West but they are completely peaceful; sanctions against Central Bank of Iran are part of a pressure package posed by the US and its allies and they are nothing more than a propaganda show which aims to prevent Tehran’s inspiring role in ongoing Islamic Awakening in the Middle East and North Africa.”

“Iran is ready for any scenario including sanctions on its oil and it will use its own ways to confront the threats; using Strait of Hormuz as a strategic tool to confront threats depends on the upcoming events; sanctioning Iran oil and convincing buyers of Iran oil won’t be an easy task for enemies,” he continued.

Larijani underlined that westerners at the first step used international institutions like IAEA Governing Board to stop Tehran nuclear program and they used the UN Security Council at the second step.

“Assassinations show Western states' desperateness regarding Tehran's peaceful nuclear program; enemies should know that the nuclear related science in Iran is developed and there are not a limited number of peoples who have the knowledge; such terrorist operations can not stop Tehran's nuclear progresses,” he stated.

Iran Parliament Speaker expressed concern that the “IAEA's recent report on Iran's nuclear activities was not technical and it was a politically motivated report in favor of the objections of the Zionist regime and those of Washington; a committee in IRI Parliament will analyze the IAEA relations with Tehran to define a step-by-step approach toward that international institute.”

“Assassinations shows that the Zionist regime and the US are desperate to stop Tehran nuclear progresses by other tools; IAEA was aware about the start up operation of Fordo enrichment facility and this enrichment plant is indifferent from similar ones in case of security, structure and speed of centrifuge machines; IAEA did not followed its obligations to provide Tehran Research Reactor with required nuclear fuel and this issue forced Tehran to start enrichment; the West is concerned about Iran technological progresses and not its deviation from peaceful purposes,” he said.

“Ankara officials have a desire to host the upcoming nuclear talks between Iran and G5+1 and Tehran welcomes this suggestion but Iranian top nuclear negotiator Sa'eid Jalili and European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton will determine the time of negotiations,’ Larijani added.

Referring to his recent visit to Ankara, he noted that Iran had conveyed its position toward the deployment of US missile defense system in Turkey and the issue needs further investigation of the two countries’ experts.

Speaking about his negotiations with Turkish officials about recent unrest in Damascus, Larijani stated that Iran and Turkey have joint stand over reform in Syria and there are just some differences over the methods.

Parliament Speaker held meetings with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in his two day visit last week.

He held talks with the host officials on regional cooperation, current developments in Syria, Iran and Palestine and especially on Judization of Holly Quds.

He also discussed issues such as regional and parliamentary cooperation and the Islamic Inter-parliamentary General Assembly, which is going to be held in Indonesia on January 30.

Iran and Turkey cooperate in a wide variety of fields that range from fighting terrorism, drug trafficking, and promoting stability in Iraq and Central Asia.

Iran and Turkey also have very close trade and economic relations. Both countries are part of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). Turkey receives many Iranian tourists each year and economically benefits from Iranian tourism.

In May 2010, Turkish Prime Minister made an unscheduled trip to Tehran in coordination with Brazilian President Lula da Silva to make an agreement to outsource Iranian uranium enrichment to his country to avoid further sanctions on Iran. In supporting Iran after the agreement Erdogan turned the question back on the international community. 'In fact, there is no nuclear weapon in Iran now but Israel, which is also located in our region, possesses nuclear arms. Turkey is the same distance from both of them. What has the international community said against Israel so far? Is this the superiority of law or the law of superiors?”

Turkey and Iran have an important role in the establishment of peace in Damascus. Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Bashar al-Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but the US and Zionist regime plots could spark some new unrest in certain parts of the country.

Turkey has always supported Iran’s peaceful nuclear program but Washington and its Western allies accuse IRI of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30768366

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