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    TEHRAN, June 29 (RIA Novosti, Nikolai Terekhov) - A senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official has asked the EU to refrain from guessing on Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad's future "nuclear policy."

     "Europe and the West's conjectures and preliminary assessments of Ahmadi Nejad's future programs, including in the area of the peaceful use of nuclear power, will only harm them," Hamid Reza Assefi, an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, said in a statement Wednesday.

    "We recommend refraining from early and unsubstantiated forecasts and after the new president's programs have been made public, you can offer your opinions," he said.

    Assefi said if the project the EU is expected to publish in early July 2005 offered a positive approach to Iran's nuclear programs, the problem would be settled.

    Iran and the EU agreed at their latest round of talks in late May that Europe should offer new proposals on Iran's "nuclear dossier," while Iran should further suspend uranium enrichment activities.

    Iran's new president is known for his radically conservative views, and all branches of power in the country are now headed by his conservative supporters. Some western politicians fear "nuclear" talks between Iran and the EU could be thwarted.

    However, Nejad said he intended to continue nuclear talks for the good of his country.

    He also said he would pursue "balanced and moderate" internal and foreign policies.

    Iranian experts do not predict radical changes in Iran's strategy in addressing the nuclear problem since final decisions on crucial national security issues are made by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's spiritual leader. The president oversees the bodies of executive authority.

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