Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that the developments taking place in the Middle East and North Africa will spread to Europe and the Americas.
Ahmadinejad made the remarks during a press conference held in Istanbul on the sidelines of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries, which opened on Monday and runs until Friday.
"I think that these developments will spread to Europe and the Americas since certain (royal) families have been in power for more than seventy years in several countries (in the Americas). In addition, one or two parties have been in power in Europe for 150 years," he stated.
Ahmadinejad speaking at the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries
Iran, 5+1 to meet in Istanbul
Ahmadinejad also replied to a question about the continuation of talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany).
"The Iranian nation and government have absolutely not violated the obligations stipulated by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and we believe that the negotiating side should and will abide by the law finally," Ahmadinejad stated.
"And I am hopeful that new steps forward would be taken in the next Istanbul talks," he added.
Ahmadinejad also said, "The fact that they have realized that negotiation is the only way is considered as a step forward and Iran welcomes that."
"I hope that a final result will be achieved in the (next) Istanbul talks," he stated.
Asked about the letter that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has sent to Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili, Ahmadinejad said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the fact that the 5+1 group intends to return to negotiations. In addition, Iran has always been ready to negotiate based on justice and mutual respect."
On Tuesday, Jalili sent a written reply to Ashton's letter and welcomed the decision taken by the 5+1 group to return to the negotiating table.
Ahmadinejad added, "It should not be assumed that the (previous) negotiations have failed because if it was so, the 5+1 group would not return to talks. Negotiation is the best way to settle Iran's nuclear issue. Besides, if legal issues are discussed in the negotiations, a final result will be achieved in one hour because legally Iran has the right to nuclear technology."
Ahmadinejad with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
On Monday, Ahmadinejad also held separate talks with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and Comorian President Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi.
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