Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Official on Iran's nuclear policy


Tehran, Aug 3 - A top security official said here on Monday that Iran will never accept 'discriminatory' implementation of international accords, stressing that this could provide a pretext to pressure Iran on similar issues in the future.

"If we budge on this issue, it will result in a new behavior for other accords, including the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which will not be acceptable to us," said Hossein Mousavian, the chairman of foreign policy committee of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).

"We will not let them tell Iran to sign an accord but that Iran can not benefit from some articles of that accord."

Mousavian said signing an accord must in turn guarantee its full benefits. "The Islamic Republic will accept both the good and bad aspects of an accord. This is a new strategic policy for continuing talks on Iran's nuclear energy activities," he added.

The SNSC official said Iran is currently accused of resisting international pressure on its nuclear energy plans to maintain uraniume enrichment plans and the recycling of nuclear fuel.

"However, we are saying that we will do anything to win the international confidence," Mousavian said.

"Since Iran is a member of various treaties, including the NPT, it is trying to use the peaceful technology of all treaties. Iran will at the same time support those treaties and strive to make the world free of weapons of mass destruction."

Mousavian said avoiding tensions and building confidence form the cornerstones of Iran's nuclear policy.

"Iran could have rejected all the resolutions of the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from the very beginning and thus enter a serious challenge. But this is not acceptable to the Iranian people nor the officials," he said.

"Our people want tranquility and stability and have no interest in tensions. They want progress and economic welfare."

Mousavian recalled Iran's efforts to accept to sign the NPT Additional Protocol, to voluntarily suspend uranium enrichment plans and to allow IAEA inspectors visit its nuclear sites.

He added that the Iranian people can now judge on Iran's performance toward the IAEA by considering those measures.

"If the world fails to recognize Iran's nuclear policy and tries to deprive Iran of its rights, and if Iranian officials in response decide to change that policy, the Iranian people will know that the establishment is acting to defend their rights," the SNSC official said.

Mousavian said Iran understands world's concerns regarding its nuclear energy plans, stressing that the only way to remove those concerns is building confidence.

"Building confidence needs time. All should adopt patience, tolerance and wisdom to pass this stage," he said.

"We can not deny that there are concerns. We want to use uranium enrichment and recycling of nuclear fuel. At the same time, we are ready to fully assure the international community that the nuclear fuel recycling plans will have no deviation toward the production of nuclear bombs."

Elsewhere in his remarks, Mousavian said the West used to voice opposition against Iran's nuclear energy plans before the signing of Tehran Declaration last October.

He added Iran's determination to persist of its positions after signing the declaration has led to making the West recognize Iran's right to develop a nuclear project.


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