The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National
Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani here on Thursday blamed US
efforts to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries for
deteriorating terrorism situation worldwide, IRNA reported from Tehran.
Rowhani said the fact that the US is using other countries as its
base for promoting tyranny as well as the torture of Iraqi prisoners
have also had a major contribution to the spread of terrorism.
He said the Islamic Republic of Iran has always announced the
US-led campaign against terrorism is a "bogus slogan", adding that the
roots of terrorism -- which he named as tyranny and injustice -- must
Rowhani, in a speech at a meeting with the people of Semnan, said
Washington's current policies toward the issue of terrorism would
increase the hatred of the world toward the US.
He said that Iran has adopted an independent stance toward
regional and global developments within the frameworks of its own
Rowhani further stressed that Iran has been able to successfully
stay away from threats, and praised Iran's prudent positions toward
He said US officials have always been looking for pretexts
to attack Iran, but voiced pleasure that they have not been successful
in this regard.
On nuclear issues, Rowhani said that the US had created a ballyhoo
about Iran's nuclear energy program so as to lead Iran into a crisis,
stressing that the Islamic Republic has managed to avoid crisis.
He said Iran has never been pursuing nuclear arms, adding that
Iran is trying to be independent in terms of nuclear fuel supplies.
On Iran-EU negotiations, Rowhani said that Europeans have
fulfilled several of their promises, adding that a European delegation
is due to visit Iran within the next few days for talks on selling a
research atomic reactor.
He said Iran has no concerns as long as the Iranian nation support
the Islamic establishment, stressing that Iran's ultimate objective is
to attain peaceful nuclear technology.
Rowhani said that Iran's upcoming presidential elections is a very
important event, adding that elections can play a significant role in
country's development, dignity and independence.
He added that the elections should be turned into a source of
people's unity and happiness to encourage them show a strong turnout
at the polls.
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