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UPDATED: 22:12, June 01, 2004
Iran denies nuke cooperation with DPRK
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Iran has not cooperated with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on developing its nuclear programs, the visiting Iranian foreign minister said Tuesday in Seoul.

"There is absolutely no cooperation between Iran and DPRK in terms of nuclear programs," Kamal Kharrazi said during a press conference at the Iranian Embassy in Seoul.

His comment denied rumors that Iran received nuclear technologyfrom the DPRK in return for providing Pyongyang with missile technology.

Iranian nuclear development is "indigenous" and "domestic" and is for peaceful purposes, Kharrazi noted.

Iran declared last year that it would accept inspection of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over its nuclear facilities. It also joined the IAEA Additional Protocol last December.

The press conference came on the last day of Kharrazi two-day visit to South Korea, during which he met with South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, the defense and foreign ministers and the minister of commerce, industry and energy.

During the meetings, the officials discussed issues ranging from rising international oil prices to South Korea's plan to dispatch additional troops to Iraq.

When asked if Iran will increase oil production to stabilize rising oil prices, Kharrazi said any decision on prices will depend on the decision of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

On the South Korean plan to dispatch 3,600 troops to northern Iraq, Kharrazi said, "Officially, the Iranian government wants theIraqi people to set up their own government as soon as possible."

"Iran wants any foreign troops that go into Iraq to act according to what the United Nations says." "If foreign troops continue to participate in operations in Iraq, we will support when they are controlled by the UN," he said.

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