New York, Sept 25, IRNA - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday opened the door for relations with the United States saying that the Iranian nation opposes conflict and is interested in amicable ties with all countries.
In his meeting with Iranian nationals residing in the United States, the president said that the great Iranian nation advocates peace and friendship.
"But if anyone intends to stand against Iranians, the nation will do in a way that bring regret for him forever."
The president is currently in New York at the head of a delegation. He delivered a speech at the 63rd annual session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
He told the expatriates that sanctions imposed against Iran have made the nation achieve modern technologies, saying, "Iran has the technology of putting satellites into space.
It possesses two-stage and three-stage missiles to launch satellites into space.
The president said that the missile which has recently put satellite into orbit had six engines, but, the new missile has 16 engines enabling it to put the satellite 700 kilometers higher in the space.
"The era of threatening the Iranian nation has ended. Iranians do not want to take revenge," Ahmadinejad said.
President Ahmadinejad pointed out the fact that there are unfortunately over one billion people struggling with poverty in the world toady, adding, "The world is divided into the rich and poor parts today."
He also referred to the endless arms race among the rich countries aimed at enabling their owners to kill more and more innocent people around the globe.
Referring to the comments made by an American university professor, Ahmadinejad said that poverty, discrimination, expansionism, and greed for exertion of hegemony are the real roots for terrorism and we need to try to seek ways out of those problems in order to fight against international terrorism effectively.
In response to a student's question on Palestine, he said, "The tragic story of Palestine is on the most severe insult of the contemporary man against humanity."
To another student's question on Iran's nuclear program and the extent of Iran's cooperation with the IAEA, he said, "Talking about this nuclear program and cooperation with the agency is quite interesting, but has become a joke today!"
The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran said, "Our country has been a member of the IAEA for some 38 years now, and original objectives behind the establishment of the agency, after disarmament of the world atomic powers, has been assisting non-atomic world countries to take advantage of the atomic energy."
He said, "But how come today the agency is incapable of harnessing the countries that have access to nuclear bombs and is used as a tool aimed at blocking the path of the countries that intend to get access to nuclear power for peaceful purposes, which is moving in opposite direction of its original objectives?"
President Ahmadinejad added, "The few countries that claim Iran is a threat, since it might do this or that have stockpiles of atomic bombs, and one of those countries has even used those bombs against human beings."
A student asked Ahmadinejad his idea about the US President Election hopefuls. the Iranian President replied, "That is a matter related to the internal affairs of the United States, and the rights of the US citizens, in which we do not intend to interfere."
Islamic Republic of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated, "If the next US administration would ask for consultation from us, we would earnestly present it to him." Ahmadinejad reiterated, "We believe there are two major tasks before the next US President, the first one is limiting the range of the US interference in world nations' affairs."
He said, "The United States interferes in the affairs of the entire countries today, sending military forces and waging wars here and there.
"During the course of the past 30 years the entire US presidents have chanted peace slogans, but the US military budget has been increasing year after year. Peace can be established based on justice and friendship, since peace established under the shadow of bombs is not peace."
The Iranian President added, "The other major task of the next US President, we believe, is to improve his country's relation with Iran."
In response to a student's question on racism, he said, "Any kind of racism is a serious threat against world peace and security. The racists are disbelieves, because racism and monotheism are opposites."
On US claims made at the IAEA on Iran's nuclear intentions, Ahmadinejad said, "Iran has answered the entire questions posed by the agency, in accordance with an agreed upon modality, and it was also agreed that the agency should after that announce that Iran's case is naturalized and shifted within the normal range of IAEA inspections, but after that Washington began posing a seemingly endless series of new claims."
Ahmadinejad added, "America asked the agency to survey those claims, but that is against the letter of association of the IAEA. But as you know, the agency is acting under the political pressure of the United States and its allies, and we naturally cannot take our time to answer all such claims."
On Iran's relation with Iraq, he said, ""The two countries' relations are unique and centuries' old, based on shared civilizations.
The Iranian President said, "Iraq's security is considered as Iran's security for us, since insecurity in Iraq has most severe negative affects for Iran and therefore we do our best for restoration of security there and have even yielded to having negotiations with the United States on the matter."
He said, "However, wherever the United States suffers defeats it begins seeking escape goats, accusing the others of being guilty for those defeats.
Ahmadinejad said, "The US military forces cannot be used for occupying the Iraqi oil wells, because the Iraqis have proved in the course of their history they will not yield to foreign forces' presence for a long time. The present unfortunate status in Iraq is the result of occupation, but they claim it is due to Tehran's interference and sending Iranian weapons."
They ignore the simple fact that if some country would intend to send weapons to another country illegally it would not brand mark those weapons, besides the fact that any Iraqi that gets killed, whether they are Kurds, Turks, or Arabs, they are our brethren." Ahmadinejad stressed, "US anti-Iran propaganda would not do Washington any good in Iraq."
He added, "Despite all such propagation, I am ready to travel to any country that the US officials would propose along with them, in order to observe the reaction of those countries' citizens." The Iranian President said, "Some people assume the articles published in the press, or the propagation launched in mass media would manage to alter the opinion of world nations, but that mentality is not true, or at least, it is not so today."
Talking to IRNA in Berlin via phone Wednesday evening, Sick said, "I have seen nothing in the reporting that suggest any radical difference in his approach this time."
Pointing to Ahmadinejad's address at the UN and his interview with CNN, the ex-aide of former US president Jimmy Carter added, "One of the things that came through is the tone he adopted which is somewhat softer than it has been been in the past."
Referring to the possibility for unconditional talks between the US and Iran, Sick said the next four months leading to the end of the current US administration's term would be a "very good moment" to engage in such a dialogue.
The 73-year-old Sick served on the staff of the National Security Council under former presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
He was also the principal White House aide for Persian Gulf affairs from 1976 to 1981.
Sick is presently heading the Persian Gulf Project 2000 at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
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