Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the United Nations should not pull punches on the issue of total nuclear disarmament.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
"Do not show leniency toward any power in regard to the issue of nuclear disarmament and properly use the opportunity that has been provided to you," the Leader said in a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who came to Iran to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement summit.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran insists on (its) stance (regarding the establishment of) a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, and the United Nations should make serious efforts to allay the current concerns about nuclear weapons," the Leader added.
The Leader also said, "Unfortunately, the (structure) of the United Nations is flawed, and the most tyrannical powers in the world, which possess nuclear weapons and have a record of using them, have dominated the United Nations."
"The Americans are fully aware that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons and are only seeking pretexts," he stated.
Iran has comprehensively cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding, "The agency, according to its regulations, is obliged to help the Islamic Republic of Iran scientifically and technically. But the International Atomic Energy Agency has not only not done so, but is also taking obstructive measures."
He also criticized the fact that the IAEA has not taken any stance against the proliferation of malware by the West, including the Stuxnet worm.
In September 2010, international news agencies reported that the Stuxnet worm, which is capable of taking over power plants, had infected many industrial sites in Iran.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader commented on the situation in Syria, saying, "The Islamic Republic of Iran, according to its beliefs and religious teachings, is ready to make every effort to help resolve the Syrian crisis."
"But the resolution of the Syrian crisis has one (reasonable) condition, which is the prevention of the shipment of weaponry to irresponsible groups in Syria," he added.
"The bitter truth about Syria is that a number of governments have compelled the groups opposing the Syrian government to engage in a war with the Syrian government on their behalf," Ayatollah Khamenei stated.
He went on to say that the same government that provoked such a war in Syria "prevented the implementation of Mr. Kofi Annan's plan and prevented the plan from coming to fruition."
He added, "As long as this very dangerous plan (is pursued) by certain governments in Syria, Syria's situation will not change."
Annan, the outgoing UN-Arab League joint special envoy on Syria, has put forward a six-point plan for ending the crisis in Syria, which calls for a UN-supervised ceasefire by all parties, the withdrawal of soldiers and heavy weapons from cities, and the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
Annan announced on August 3 that he would resign when his mandate expires on August 31.
Ban asks Iran to use its influence to help resolve Syrian crisis
During the meeting, Ban emphasized Iran's "very important" and "influential" status in the region and said, "In regard to Syria, I, as the secretary general of the United Nations, ask Iran to pave the way for the resolution of the Syrian crisis through using its influence and power," the Persian service of the Leader's website, Leader.ir., reported.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ban expressed concern about the dispute over Iran's nuclear program and called on Iran to cooperate more with the IAEA and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany).
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