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Zarif: Additional Protocol does not provide unreasonable access

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 18, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Additional Protocol never allows illogical and unfounded access to a country's institutes but rather provides a systematic framework which is currently being implemented in 124 countries.

The foreign minister made the remarks here on Monday during a joint press conference with his visiting Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto.

As announced always before, Zarif added, Iran is ready to provide transparency about its nuclear activities within the framework of international regulations.

He noted that this issue is receiving hot debates by some western officials to calm pressure groups but was naturally provided with necessary response by Iran.

He went on to stress that the Additional Protocol by no means provides access with no logical justifications to a country's structures.

The foreign minister said that the existing regulations hinder misuse of such access based on a defined and supervised framework.

Noting that this was the first visit by a Hungarian foreign minister to Iran in 14 years, he referred to Hungary as a country with an old history in Europe which has had long relations with Iran.

He said Hungary was important for Iran both for its role in the European Union and because of bilateral relations.

He further pointed out that over two thousand Iranian students are currently studying in Hungarian universities and said there is still room for further expansion of cultural and scientific cooperation.

He also referred to the existing common areas of cooperation in various economic fields including energy and said a number of documents are ready to be signed between the two countries in a number of areas including removal of extra taxes.

According to Zarif, the two foreign ministers also discussed situation in the region among them developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan.

He stressed the need for dispatching humanitarian aid to Yemen and highlighted political solutions as the only way out of crisis there.

The Iranian foreign minister regretted that the international community including the United Nations Security Council failed in the test of shouldering their responsibilities towards the world, implementing the UN Charter and also condemning savage aggression to the Yemeni civilians.


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