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Iran, Syria blast West at NPT talks

Press TV -- Iranian and Syrian delegates have protested to western claims during global talks aimed at salvaging the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

At the start of a two-week NPT gathering in Geneva, the European Union's Slovenian Ambassador Andrej Logar said the EU is resolved 'not to allow Iran to acquire military nuclear capabilities and to remove any proliferation risks posed by the Iranian nuclear program'.

In response to Logar's remakes, the Iranian delegate took the floor to condemn the EU for 'exaggerated allegations that distort the truth' about the country's enrichment program.

Iran remains 'faithful' to its NPT obligations but no one can take away 'our inalienable right' to benefit from peaceful nuclear energy, said Mohammad-Taghi Hosseini.

Following the exchange between Logar and Hosseini, the United States delegate Christopher Ford claimed that Syria, built a nuclear reactor with North Korean help before an Israeli air raid destroyed it last September.

Syrian Ambassador Faysal Hamoui intervened to repeat its flat denial of any nuclear bomb bid. "We remind everyone of the falsifications the US made about mass destruction weapons in Iraq," he told the meeting of some 120 states that will run until May 9.

"The US is trying to ruin the meeting here in a pre-emptive manner. We call on Washington to be wise enough to stop causing crises in the Middle East with confused policies."

The US and its allies have continually leveled such allegations against Iran and Syria. Tehran, on the other hand, has always remained open to IAEA inspections that have never led to any evidence to back up western claims.

UN nuclear inspectors investigating US claims about a Syrian nuclear weapons program have also not found anything to support Washington's allegations.

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