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9/7/07

Intimidation no solution to U.S. problems: Iran's Larijani

QOM, Sept. 8 (Mehr News Agency)- “Rhetoric of intimidation would not solve the American problems, rather the United States needs to leave Iran’s nuclear dossier in the hands of the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani said here on Thursday.
 

“The reason behind all Western hurly-burly over Iran’s nuclear energy issue, the invasion of Iraq, the Greater Middle East Initiative, et cetera, is the spread of Shia thought,” Larijani stated.

 

Iran’s nuclear program goes back to 40 years ago now, he said, adding, “Several contracts had been signed between the shah of Iran and certain Western countries but all those contracts were vitiated after the Islamic Revolution.”

 

Fossil fuels will be depleted within 30 years and the nations’ need for nuclear energy is on a rapid rise, Larijani noted, adding that contrary to U.S. President George W. Bush’s claim who says an international fuel bank will be there with international guarantees for supplying fuel to the countries in need, there would be no such guarantee in the international arena.

 

The West is trying to revitalize a feudal order within the context of the globalization theory and deprive the third world countries of their right to nuclear energy, but Iran has violated this “feudalistic” limit, the top national security official observed.

 

“We are not seeking an atom bomb, but nuclear technology is a strategic one and we need to avail ourselves of this technology,” Larijani said.

Official urges West to return to negotiation table

TEHRAN, Sept. 7 (Mehr News Agency) -- Deputy Foreign Minister Mahdi Mostafavi said here on Friday that imposing new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear activities is “ineffective” and urged the West to return to the negotiating table.
 

“We insist that drafting resolution is not a logical way of facing the issue at all,” Mostafavi told the Mehr News Agency.

 

Most countries support Iran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and believe that the technical talks must continue for resolving the remaining ambiguities, he stated.

 

The UN Security Council has so far imposed two rounds of sanctions on Iran as it has refused to suspend its uranium enrichment program.

 

Iran is a signatory to the NPT and has legitimate right to nuclear energy for civilian uses.

 

On reports that Iran has bombarded its common border areas with Iraq in order to confront the Free Life Party, or PEJAK, Mostafavi said “We seriously reject this statement.”

 

He also said that the recent claim by some U.S. officials about Iran’s military interference in Iraq is “recurrent and baseless”.

 

“Repeating the accusations might quite influence the public opinion, but the Iranian and the Iraqi governments will make decisions according to their national interests,” he added.

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