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1/20/05

US should learn from past mistake, says Iranian ambassador

London, Jan 20, IRNA - Iran's Ambassador to Britain, Mohammad Hossein Adeli, warned Thursday that the US should learn that waging war and disrespecting allies only create tension and distrust with other countries.

"The US should take lessons from its past mistakes and adopt more responsible attitude to have a more multilateral approach to world issues," the ambassador said.

"Waging war against Muslims and disrespecting and ignoring the allies, including the Europeans, cause tension, instability, a less secure world and create an ocean of mistrust between the US and rest of the world," he told BBC radio's Today programme.

Adeli suggested that continuing such unilateral policy would "not do any good to the American image and American cause" around the globe.

With regard to Iran, he said that Washington was continuing to make "false accusations" about its nuclear programme that was not supported by any evidence.

Asked about reports that the US may be considering launching military strikes against Iran, the ambassador said, "Once they become serious, we will respond."

"Every nation is entitled to have sophisticated technology (to develop nuclear power) but it should observe the international conventions and legal system put in place," he said.

Adeli said that in Iran's case it was "acting within the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty," was respecting all its international commitments and exercising its rights.

"Why should we not have an alternative source of energy?" he rhetorically asked. "What is the reasons other nations have it and why out nation doesn't have it?" he said.

The envoy said that oil and fossil fuels were exhaustible sources of energy and that even the Kyoto protocol for a safer environment recommended an energy mix, including using nuclear technology.

Questioned about claims that Iran may be trying to develop nuclear weapons, he told the BBC to refer to successive resolutions made by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which "clearly said there has not been any evidence."

Iran is committed to cooperating with the IAEA and some level of trust had developed that led to cooperation with the European Union that enabled both sides to be involved in negotiations, Adeli said.

He accepted that Iran had disagreements with the US, but insisted disagreement with the US did not mean the Islamic Republic supported terrorism as has been claimed by some Washington officials.

Iran itself was a "victim of terrorism" and had a "very good record" in fighting terrorism, the ambassador said. In the case of al-Qaeda, Iran had suffered from having 10 of its diplomats killed in Kabul, he said.

He revealed that Iran's record in the international campaign against terrorism over the last 18 months included delivering "some very important" members of al-Qaeda to such countries as Britain, France, Norway and Saudi Arabia.

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