Larijani: Iran Always Supports Negotiations

October 24, 2007

Representative of Iran's Supreme Leader at the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that Iran would always support negotiations to resolve its nuclear standoff with the West.

Larijani is currently here as a member of Iran's high-ranking nuclear team headed by SNSC's new Secretary, Saeed Jalili, for the fourth round of talks with the EU foreign Policy chief, Javier Solana.

Speaking to reporters at a joint press conference with Solana and Jalili, held at the end of a three-hour meeting, Larijani said, "We are not looking for trouble or adventurism. Iran has consistently emphasized on negotiations."
"We want to reach an agreement which would maintain our absolute rights based on a rational framework," Larijani stressed.

Asked if change of the SNSC secretary would affect Iran's nuclear stands, Larijani said, "Iran's decision-making procedure enjoys a stable structure.

"Strategic issues are discussed at the SNSC which is chaired by president (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) and is under the supervision of the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei)".

Larijani added that he attended this round of talks as he was asked by Mr Solana to do so.

Commenting on his resignation from his position in the SNSC, Larijani said, "A lot has been said about my resignation. Some have said that it was for personal reasons, but as far as I know, there is no personal reason."
Larijani added that his resignation was not even for his alleged bid for parliamentary elections as he said being elected as a member of parliament had nothing against staying at the position of the SNSC secretary.

Larijani stressed that he would support his successor, Mr. Jalili.

Meanwhile, Jalili appreciated Larijani's efforts, saying that he would follow the same course taken by Larijani in the past two years.