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Iran can be optimistic about 5+1 talks if its rights are to be recognized: Larijani
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep2(150).jpgTEHRAN – Iran can be optimistic about talks with world powers over its nuclear program if the country’s nuclear rights are to be fully recognized, Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday. 
 
“We can be optimistic about the… success of negotiations with the 5+1 group if Iran’s nuclear rights under the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) are to be fully recognized,” Larijani said at a meeting with Deputy Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council Ilyas Umakhanov in Tehran. 
 
He was referring to negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) which are aimed at finding a diplomatic solution to a decade-old dispute over the country’s nuclear program. 
 
Iran says its nuclear program is entirely peaceful, but the West suspects it may be aimed at developing a nuclear weapons capability. 
 
Larijani said that Iran had always been sincere in regard to its nuclear activities based on the fatwa (religious edict) that Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued in 2005 declaring that the production, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons are all haram (prohibited in Islam). 
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani commented on relations between Tehran and Moscow, saying, “There are various common areas for regional and international cooperation between the two countries, such as countering dangers arising from terrorism and drug smuggling.” 
 
Commenting on the situation in Syria, Larijani said, “Regional and extra-regional enemies of Iran and Russia are seeking to take acts of adventurism and create problems in Syria, and this situation requires continuation of cooperation and extensive consultations between the two countries.” 
 
Umakhanov for his part said that Russia was keen to expand its cooperation with the Islamic Republic in various areas. 
 
EP/PA 
 

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