N. Official Lauds NIE Report on Iran

A03320106.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The report by the US intelligence agencies created a positive atmosphere and proved Iran’s righteousness even more, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said in the wake of the US National Intelligence Estimate which reiterated the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programs.

Speaking to reporters upon his arrival from a two-day visit to Moscow, Saeed Jalili dismissed Bush’s remarks following the publicity of the report, and said, “These statements are nothing new. Anyway, an official body of the United States has officially announced that Iran is not having any non-peaceful activities.”

He said that the recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general which praised Iran’s truthfulness about past nuclear activities and put an end to the issue of Tehran’s P1 and P2 centrifuges cleaned Iran from a majority of accusations and paved the way for the NIE report.

Jalili, who is also secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), further pointed to his visit to Russia, and said that the trip was aimed at a discussion of different international and bilateral issues.

He said that during his meeting with the Russian president, the two sides have discussed strategic ties and cooperation.

“In this meeting, we discussed regional and bilateral cooperation and there was also an important discussion about the two countries’ cooperation in the Middle-East issues,” Jalili said, adding that he and Vladimir Putin had further discussed cooperation in the energy sector.

Asked about the possibility of a fresh set of sanctions by the UN Security Council against Iran, the nuclear negotiator implied that a third sanctions resolution by the UNSC seemed unlikely.

“In our talks, the Russian side underlined Iran’s inalienable right to make civilian use of nuclear technology,” Jalili said.

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