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Monday, 31 August 2015 15:00

Iran, US and China to cooperate in Arak reactor

Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters on the occasion of the Government Week, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani said his government did its utmost to remedy previous wounds while avoiding new ones, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press service of the President of Iran.

President said on that his government shifted from awkward methodology of the previous government to bring about social, economic and political stability.

President said that his administration is seeking to promote social justice and stop monopoly of economy and corruption.

Asked about the problems such as rent seeking, monopoly, and organized corruption facing the country's economy, the president said that the economy is facing various problems such as being reliant on oil, monopoly as well as the active role of institutes which are responsible for economic undertakings.  Dr.Rouhani said that the economy was due to really be ceded to the private sector but the true sense of the Constitution was not carried out.

The government's first action in the first two years of its four-year term was to help fulfill the ceding to the private sector in a correct manner and it was successful in the field, the president said.

Electronic government is one of the ways for stopping corruption, he said, noting, 'We should able to make information publicly known and implement law equally for all.'  'I do not want to say that the government was fully successful in establishing justice, eliminating rent-seeking and breaking monopolies but it has taken major steps and it will proceed with.' Responding to the question how the government wants to create balance between resistance economy and commercial exchanges with the West so that Iran will not turn into a market for the European goods, the chief executive said, 'I have clearly told the countries' officials who talked with me that if you think that we will make a market of 80-million available to you, you make mistake.'

Oil production is now increased from 2.7 to 2.9 million bpd and in mining sector the rate of growth is very remarkable, said President Rouhani.

He expressed concern about drought in recent years saying the trend continues.

'The fact is that the country's water resources is very low but through proper planning in the past two years the government managed to lessen its negative impacts.'

He said that the government has allocated some dlrs 10 billion to deal with drought.

In foreign policy, the government was quite successful in bringing calmness, stability and mutual understanding in relation with world public opinion, he said.

The sound policy of the Iranian government prompted the world to change its policy towards Iran and now the name of Iran makes headlines in media across the world which is quite remarkable, said President Rouhani.

President said that a result of Iran's nuclear agreement with the West is that Iran's name is synonymous with favoring peace and fruitful cooperation.

President said that in foreign diplomacy, Iran has now achieved a peaceful, stable, positive interaction with the world and that Iran's image in the world public opinion has improved.

'Today the views on Iran of the world have changed and Iran's name is heard in the foreign media more than the previous years, in addition Iran's name was not mentioned positively so far, although during the first years after the victory of the (Islamic) revolution Iran's name was mentioned with grandeur, but that was an exceptional era,' said the president. President Rouhani said that the nuclear file which was on the table of the international relations as a complicated issue is in very favorable condition, thanks to the good and solid move made by the Iranian nation.

'The reason for this success and every other success in our foreign policy is that we refrained from adopting hurried decisions, used the collective insight, and consulted the people whose views were precious in the field,' he said.

Meanwhile, Dr.Rouhani appreciated the people's role in achieving that success, national unity and public participation.

'The people very well comprehended that the nuclear issue is neither a factional, nor a partisan matter, but a matter of national importance achieving victory to the benefit of the country, and we are now taking the last steps towards final success in the scene,' he added. Answering those who criticize the government that although the nuclear file is approaching its final phases, its positive results are not really tangible in people's wellbeing, Dr.Rouhani said that those positive effects are definitely seen.

President Rouhani said that even after the full termination of the sanctions it will take time till Iran's oil sales will reach their previous levels and new clients will be found.

'The important point today is that we have gained trust and the people higher hopes, that is what we have already gained,' he said.

President said that the renovation plan on Iran's Arak heavy water nuclear reactor will be implemented jointly by Iranian, American and Chinese technicians.

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