New York, Feb 15, IRNA - Iran's UN Ambassador Javad Zarif said in New York on Wednesday that US President George W. Bush has resorted to a new adventurist policy of "accusing" aimed at concealing US mistakes in Iraq.
Mohammad-Javad Zarif made the comment in an interview with Channel 13 anchor man, Charlie Rose, for his widely watched political show, who had asked whether Iran is involved in any kind of interference in Iraq's internal affairs.
Zarif replied, "None at all."
Rose said, "You mean absolutely none?"
The Iranian envoy said, "Absolutely none, since Tehran's relation with Iraq Government is excellent, and I believe the Americans are trying to find an scapegoat in Iraq by forging documents behind closed doors in Washington."
Rose further emphasized how is it possible to make a clear distinction between the Iranian government and those who make and send those bombs to Iraq.
Zarif said, "I did not say anything about the Iranian Government, but all the same, Iran is not pursuing such a policy, since it is absolutely against Tehran's interests."
Rose: And does the Government seriously ask the entire Iranians not to do such things?
Zarif: Weakening Iraq Government is against our national interests. The Iraqi officials have repeatedly rejected such rumors, but the Americans in Iraq arrest Iranian diplomats and try to make them confess. This is a sick process leading to no tangible results there.
Rose: Do you think they do so to prepare the ground for entering a new war against Iran?
Zarif: I am not an insider for Washington political circles.
Rose: I mean what is your own judgment? Does Tehran think the US is preparing for an attack against Iran?
Zarif: I do not think there is a harmony among US politicians in that respect, just as the interpretations on US moves in Iran. There are various viewpoints in Washington, and there are definitely people that favor greater adventurist policies beyond Iraq. Unfortunately we even hear some high ranking US officials saying that Iraq war has been a success.
Rose: Are you concerned lest US would create a critical situation and to take advantage of it for launching an attack against Iran? Zarif: certain people in Washington think that way, but we hope rationalism would prevail in the long run, such moves would come to an end, and the White House would realize that resorting to force would lead to no tangible results.
It has not worked in Iraq, it will not work elsewhere, drowning the US, unfortunately deeper drowned in a self-created quagmire.
Rose: Have we further approached the US-Iran confrontation moment t this time, and in other words, are all factors working against beginning of Tehran-Washington talks, that would serve both countries interests, as well as Middle East interests?
Zarif: I believe there is no political will for problem saving in Washington, since if there were, there would be ways out of crisis, but if you are after further fomenting the crisis, crisis is what you will end up with at the end.
I do not see any will, or efforts in Washington aimed at problem solving.
Rose: They say there is no such will in Tehran.
Zarif: If they claim so, they also need to prove it. That is contrary with Iran's general approach in our peaceful nuclear program, in Iraq, and in other cases. Iran has always proved in practice its readiness and will for seeking peaceful solutions, whereas the US has always been after finding new pretexts for creating new crises.
Zarif: Labeling people as "terrorists" will not solve problem
Zarif referred to the last year's 33-day Israeli war against the Lebanese people and said an accurate definition of terrorism will show who the real terrorists are.
"Labeling one group or another as `terrorist' and labeling this or that country as supporters of terrorists will not resolve problems," Zarif said during the interview.
The practice of one or two countries accusing their enemies of being terrorists will not take us anywhere, he told TV anchorman Chairlie Rose.
"Addressing the issues that are at the heart of the Palestinian problem -- the fact that Lebanon was occupied by Israeli forces for over two decades, the fact that a resistance was formed in order to resist that occupation, the fact that 33 days of war was imposed on the Lebanese people and a huge number of civilians were murdered in Lebanon with the United States opposing a ceasefire resolution sought to be passed in the Security Council...are the realities in the Middle East."
He said in the war in Lebanon last summer over 1,000 Lebanese civilians were killed, adding that according to Israeli sources only 140 or less of them were resistance fighters.
On the Israeli side, close to 100 were killed, most of them soldiers.
"Now, applying the definition of terrorism, who is committing terror against civilians?" Zarif asked.
Zarif: Iran does not have a military nuclear program
Iran does not have a military nuclear program, said Zarif.
"Iran has put on the table various proposals that would remove any possibility that Iranian program could be one day diverted to non-peaceful use," he said in the interview.
He said that unfortunately, the United States is not searching for solutions and is not willing even to look at those possibilities , simply stating a demand that it knows cannot be met by Iran and that is why it is pushing everything towards a crisis.
Zarif expressed hope crisis can be averted through some sort of rationality prevailing, "that we might do better if we change this logic of complete reliance on this military might that has not produced any results for the United States, and see if through dialogue, if through cooperation you might find better solutions." He stressed that throughout previous negotiations, Iran has presented proposals that unfortunately have not been even discussed, because the United States simply rejected them.
"The United States has prevented, even if you look at the background of the negotiations. You will see that proposals have been put on the table. And if there was an attempt to find a solution, you would come and say OK this part of the proposal is nice, this other part is not good. The third part could be modified in a certain way. But that was not done, because the US insisted on certain pre-conditions.
"Even today, if you ask Secretary Rice, she is insisting on a pre- condition that everybody knows will not be met. And that is why she is saying that if this condition is met, I'm willing to do X ,Y and Z, because she knows and she prays that that the pre-condition is never met." He said he believed the United States and Iran were two important players in terms of many of the issues in the region.
"We ought to recognize that we need to search for solutions rather than to look for crises. If we search for solutions, then modalities could be found. Modalities of direct dialogue, modalities of dialogue within the United Nations, dialogue in the format that the Europeans have proposed. There are various ways of conducting dialogue.
"But the modality is not important. Importance should be given to objectives. Whether we want to find a solution. If we want to find a solution, I can assure you that the nuclear issue could be resolved in a relatively short period of time, because we don't have a nuclear weapon program, he said.
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