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Iran's Top Nuclear Negotiator In Pakistan

Ali Larijani (file photo) 7 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani sought to soothe international unease over Iran's nuclear program today during a visit to Pakistan.

Larijani, speaking after talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, said Iran is determined to pursue nuclear power. But he said the Islamic Republic wants to continue discussing the matter with the International Atomic Energy Agency to remove concerns.

"Both countries [Iran and Pakistan] have the same view that the regulations and obligations under the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] should be the basis for any activities and any judgment," Larijani said. "The implementation of regulations should be made without any threat or any force."

Larijani's visit to Pakistan comes as international pressure mounts for UN sanctions against Iran if it does not halt its nuclear activities.

Iran is one of three countries -- along with North Korea and Libya -- that Pakistan's top nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan illegally supplied with sensitive nuclear technology, including centrifuges used to enrich uranium.

Iran denies U.S. accusations it is seeking to produce nuclear weapons.


For RFE/RL's complete coverage of the controversy surrounding Iran's nuclear program, see "Iran's Nuclear Program."