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Iran's mission at UN says Washington Times' accusations phony, baseless

Iran's mission at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday branded as "phony and baseless" the accusations brought up against the Islamic Republic of Iran by US daily the 'Washington Times', IRNA reported.

Washington Times had in its last Friday edition made speculations on Iran's nuclear activities, claiming that unidentified correspondents in the region had fed the needed data.

In its editorial, titled 'Tehran-Pyong Yang', the US daily claimed that Iran and North Korea are currently engaged in clandestine talks aimed at reaching an agreement on developing nuclear warheads, as well as sales of the spare parts of N. Korea's Tipo Dung II missile to Iran.

Head of Press Department in Iran's mission at the UN Morteza Ramandi, in a letter addressed to the Washington Times' editor in chief, while calling the accusations in the editorial "baseless and phony", said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is neither willing to produce nuclear warheads, nor planning to import the spare parts for any missiles from North Korea."

He has further reiterated, "The Islamic Republic of Iran's National Security Docrtine is a totally defensive one and use of any type of nuclear, or other WMD devices are strictly forbidden in it.

Therefore, Iran's nuclear project is merely aimed at achieving peaceful objectives, based on all internationally approved norms and regulations."

Ramandi further informed the Washington Times chief editor that Iran's nuclear projects are of an indigenous nature, and Iranian scientists have developed and pushed it forth.

Ramandi has added that Iran's missile projects, too, are totally relying on Iranian technology, no foreign country is involved in them, and their main objective is deterrence.

In conclusion, Ramandi has expressed deep sorrow that Washington Times has once again started publishing a new round of unauthentic, unapproved and phony accusations against Iran, while everybody knows today that its previous accusations against Iraq have already proved to be erroneous.

... Payvand News - 8/14/03 ... --

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