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Iran ready to confront any threat decisively: Iranís FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tunis, April 24, IRNA -- Iran is ready to confront any kind of threat decisively, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said here on Monday.

He made the remarks in a press conference after meeting with his Tunisian counterpart Rafik Abdessalem in Tunis.

“The Zionist regime is in fact a part of the US imperialism in the region and Islamic Republic will give a strong response to any kind of threats by this regime,” Salehi added.

“Tehran has a positive view toward outcomes of Istanbul talks between Iran and G5+1.

Describing the Syrian issues as sensitive, Salehi called for settlement of the conflict through Syria-Syria mechanism.

He said Iran has always been in close contact with friendly countries about regional and international issues such as the Syria.

Underlying the necessity of all parties’ cooperation and assistance for the success of Kofi Annan’s mission in Syria, Salehi said that the Syrian government has expressed its readiness to negotiate with opposition parties in this regard.

Iranian foreign minister noted that giving more opportunity to Syrian government would help settle the domestic issue in the process of times.

He said that the Syrian President has expressed readiness to meet his people's demands, especially about the new Constitution.

Salehi underlined that Iran’s stance in this regard is clear; arming the Syrian opposition is not in the interest of the regional countries because it creates insecurity and instability in the region.

Iran’s FM expressed Iran’s readiness to support the Tunisian government and nation in their new revolution in all areas and to expand ties on mutual interests.

After more than a year of stalled talks, Iran and the Group 5+1 eventually accepted last month to resume their negotiations in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 14 and in case of good progress hold a second round of talks in Iraq's capital city, Baghdad.

The two sides attended two meetings at Istanbul's Lutfil Kirdar Hall Saturday. Ashton led the delegations of the world powers, while the Iranian side was headed by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary.

At the first round of talks, the Iranian team of negotiators called on the western parties to take proper measures to build Iran's confidence.

Both Iran and the G5+1 representatives voiced satisfaction with the Saturday talks.

The last meeting between the two sides took place in Istanbul in January 2011. Iran and the G5+1 had also held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any compelling 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 due to the fact that the country's fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rights enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed the West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing those sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians national resolve to continue with the civilian program.

In case of Syrian issue, this country 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.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80094161

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