'US, Russia knows that Iran does not have nuclear weapons'

Wed 21 July 2010 16:16 GMT | 21:16 Local Time

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Ali Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the US and Russia know that Iran does not have any nuclear weapons.

Speaking in a press conference Tuesday evening in the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) summit in Geneva, Larijani stressed his disagreement with remarks made by Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev about concerns on Iran's nuclear work and said, "the fact is that the US and Russia know that Iran does not have any nuclear weapons, so there is no reason to be concerned."

Also regarding a question about security forces efforts for replacing Islamic regime for Islamic Republic after Iran's 2009 presidential elections, Larijani said, "it is not a realistic view, nobody in Iran was seeking the goal, since there is no difference between Islamic regime and Islamic Republic and that Islamic thought mainly focuses on justice."

Also regarding some reports that during post-election events in Iran, the green movement has called for removing Spiritual Leadership (Velayate Faghih) from power, Larijani said, "I have not heard it so far, they (the movement) have not mentioned it in their statements and if they had had, it was a strategic mistake, since the Spiritual Leadership is under the framework of our constitution."

He added, the Spiritual Leadership in Iran keeps people's votes secure.

Asked about Brazil and Turkey mediation in Iran's nuclear issue, Larijani said, "there was no mediation, the US President Barack Obama has written letters to Turkish Prime Minister and Brazilian President and called for their engagement."

Larijani then referred to the 4th US-sponsored resolution imposed on Iran and said, "the measure by the US and Security Council insulted Brazil, Turkey and Iran."

Meanwhile concerning European Union foreign ministers' decision to impose new sanction on Iran, he said, "the new resolution will succeed as much as three previous ones did."

As to a question that recent protests of merchants in Iran's main bazaar shows their dissatisfaction with Iran's economic situation, Larijani said, "the protest had nothing to do with whole economic situation, but it was about new tax rules."

He added, "the government and merchants held talks and the issue is being solved."

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