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TEHRAN, August 27 (RIA Novosti) - Iran is ready to closely cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency as regards Iranian nuclear programs, Ali Larijani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, said.

"The Islamic Republic is serious in its intentions to master peaceful atom and considers it its legal right. We acknowledge that peaceful nuclear technology development should be carried out under IAEA supervision and are ready to closely cooperate with it in this direction," Larijani told journalists in Iran's airport Friday.

Larijani flew from Vienna, where the day before he held talks with IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei on Iranian nuclear problem settlement. He said Iran had always observed and would observe the IAEA's resolutions but would not accept imposed solutions.

"The EU troika (U.K., France and Germany) is a catalyst here. This role can also be played by other countries who understand Iran's position in the negotiating process and can render our country the necessary political support," Larijani said.

The secretary touched upon some new initiatives to resolve the problem around nuclear programs Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intended to propose to the EU troika soon.

"Iran will continue activity aimed at mastering peaceful nuclear technologies under the supervision of IAEA specialists and will convince the Agency that this activity is peaceful and transparent," Larijani said.

Earlier the secretary said the negotiating process on Iran's nuclear problem should involve more participants.

Moscow said the Iran-EU troika format's potential was not exhausted, but added only participants could change the format.

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