IRAN'S foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi has blamed the tough restrictions imposed on its acquisition of nuclear technology via the global Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) for his government's use of secrecy in its civil nuclear programme. "Had it not been for the severity of the impediments, Iran would have pursued all its entirely legal nuclear activities with fuller transparency and in collaboration with other fellow members as it had always sought," he told a United Nations disarmament conference, in Geneva.

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