Tehran, May 1, IRNA-Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Hassan Rowhani on Sunday reaffirmed Iran's determination to make use of peaceful nuclear technology.
Signing the additional protocol to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by Iran is considered as the best sign of confidence-building and also Iran's best commitment to peaceful nuclear activities, he noted in his meeting with the Undersecretary of Indian Ministry of External Affairs Rajiv Sigri.
Rowhani made the remark on the threshold of the 2005 review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) set to kick off on Monday, May 2, at the UN Headquarters in New York.
He called for dismantling all nuclear weapons throughout the world and underlined the need for respecting legal rights of all NPT member states to make use of peaceful nuclear technology.
He stressed that if the United Nations structure is reformed and the current biased attitudes are removed, it would help to extend peace, security and stability to the world.
Elsewhere, he expressed satisfaction with the progress made in Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project, suggesting that the gas pipeline could be named the line of peace, stability and friendship among the three countries.
Last month, Iran, India and Pakistan agreed on a tripartite deal over an energy project worth dlrs 4.1 billion, based on which Iran-India gas pipeline will pass through Pakistan.
India is seeking to import natural gas from Iran through a 2,600-km pipeline, 760-km of which will cross Pakistani territory.
Rowhani attached importance to Iran-India relations and termed the joint regional and international interests and responsibilities placed upon Tehran and New Delhi as key factors.
"Mutual cooperation in political, economic and cultural areas as well as regional cooperation in such fields as transit and security of the region are regarded as the new chapters of strategic relations between Tehran and New Delhi." Referring to the issues in Iraq and Afghanistan and the need for securing stability and security to these countries, he underlined the process of reconstruction in the two countries by preserving their territorial integrity and national sovereignty.
"Multilateral relations in the region could strengthen cooperation for all the countries in the area," he said, adding that India and Pakistan could also follow this model to strengthen mutual ties.
At the meeting, the Indian official termed as important the strategic aspect of relations between Tehran and New Delhi, saying the economic prosperity and welfare of Iran's nation is correlated with economic development of India.
Relations between India and Pakistan will be strengthened should the gas pipeline project among Iran, Pakistan and India be implemented, Sigri added.
However, he stressed that India would like to cooperate and consult with Iran in a bid to reform UN structure.
He attached importance to the mutual cooperation on issues related to Afghanistan and Iraq, stressing that Iran has played a very responsible role in the crises of Afghanistan and Iraq.
"To India, security in the Persian Gulf, from the strategic viewpoint, is of high importance." Elsewhere, he noted, "India has not signed up the NPT but we are for nuclear disarmament provided that it is universal. We do believe that the countries have the right to atomic energy. Besides, it is worth it from the viewpoint of national sovereignty and global environment." He reiterated, "We do believe that Iran's nuclear case should be resolved only within the framework of International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA." The Indian official termed Iran as a great country with ancient civilization, history and culture, saying that no ultimatum could help Iran's nuclear case to reach a breakthrough.
He stressed that Iran-Europe negotiations should be maintained so interaction and peaceful resolve will be proceeded.
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