Iran considers Putin’s answers to Leader’s proposals: Larijani

December 8, 2007 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Former nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani here on Thursday said that Iran is considering Russian presdient’ answers to the proposals made by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili paid a visit to Moscow on Monday. He held talks with Russian officials over Iran’s nuclear program and passed on Ayatollah Khamenei’s message to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Addressing a gathering of Basij commanders in Tehran, Larijani also said the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report on Iranian nuclear program shows that the U.S. had made a mistake in its 2005 reports accusing Iran of seeking nuclear arms.
In a report released on Monday, U.S. National Intelligence Estimate said Iran has no nuclear weapons program and probably can’t produce enough uranium for a bomb until 2010 at the earliest.
The report said that U.S. allegations about Iran’s nuclear objectives have been exaggerated for at least two years, AFP reported.
Supreme Leader’s representative in the Supreme National Security Council stated that the reason for release of NIE’s report was domestic and international pressure on U.S. leaders over Iran’s peaceful atomic activities.
IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei’s report on Iran’s nuclear plan showed that the U.S. allegations were baseless and now Washington has come to the conclusion that its “bullying strategy” will not derail Iran’s peaceful activities, Larijani observed.
A report issued by the UN nuclear watchdog on Nov. 8 confirmed the transparency of Iran’s nuclear program and said it found Tehran to be truthful about key aspects of its nuclear history.
The former nuclear negotiator added, “The U.S. has been putting pressure on the members of UN Security Council to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic. However those countries have conceded the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.