Ahmadi-Nejad: No compromise on inalienable rights
Iran-UN, Politics, 6/8/2006
White House spokesman Tony Snow yesterday emphasised, when asked about the change of US policy to allow Iran to have Uranium conversion, that Iran has to stop ongoing nuclear fuel making if it wants negotiations, adding that this position "has not changed." Snow refused to deny reports, where Washington Post said yesterday about the US offer to have Iran enrich uranium on its soil to make nuclear fuel, but added the condition that Iran would need to stop these activities as a condition before talks can begin, and while the talks are ongoing. The Washington Post today added that the offer includes providing Iran with light-water nuclear reactors.
US officials said some members of Congress had been informed about the US desire, with the implications involved. Worth noting that the US considers Iran a terrorist country.
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki yesterday evening said that unity of the Iranian people and resistance of Iran to attempts by the West to make it change its course has led to the weakening of their stand on the nuclear issue.
Mottaki spoke of the recent visit of European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana to present a package of incentives promoted by the EU and US for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment.
Solana, representing the Europeans, stressed Iran's legitimate right to pursue nuclear energy within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and that the West's new offer was an indication it wanted to start a new diplomacy based on its rights under the treaty.
The Iranian nation will get to know the contents of Europe's package of proposals at an appropriate time, the Iranian foreign minister said.
As to the reasons behind the US decision to join multilateral talks on Iran's nuclear case, Mottaki said that President George W Bush was facing several problems both inside and outside his country and was in dire need of a changed atmosphere.
Mottaki, in the interview, once again repeated calls of the Islamic Republic of Iran for resumption of talks to resolve the nuclear issue within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and without preconditions.
Today, commenting on Iran's success in accessing nuclear technology, Iran's president Mahmound Ahmadi-Nejad lauded the efforts of Iranian scientists and youth in the country's nuclear program for peaceful purposes. Ahmadi-Nejad blasted "the enemies" for trying to block Iranian efforts to achieve development and progress, particularly in accessing modern technology.
Ahmadi-Nejad said that it has been repeatedly declared that Iranian nation will not compromise on its inalienable rights concerning national nuclear program.
Speaking at a gathering of people in the city of Qazvin in his 14th provincial visit, the president said that the Iranian nation favors dialogue to remove misunderstanding. "We are prepared to discuss international developments and the common concerns of the world countries to solve misunderstandings in the international community.
"Any compromise over the destiny of our people will be a blunder and everyone should know that talks should be held fairly on equal footing," President Ahmadi-Nejad added.
The president said that if the world powers presume that Iran will back down on its rights as a result of threat, there will be no chance for negotiation.
Stressing that on nuclear energy Iran calls for justice, he said that if any decision is to be taken it should be equally applicable to all countries.
"If there is any right as per the international conventions, it has been equally envisaged available to every nation. Otherwise, cancellation of such right should apply to all world nations," Ahmadi-Nejad added.
Turning to the achievement of Iranian youth on setting up nuclear fuel cycle, he underlined that facing the resistance of Iranian people, the ill-wishers and international egoists failed and had to admit that Iranian nuclear program is civilian. "The ill-wishers still hope to violate our dignity by hypocrisy and their dual approach as well as by infiltrating into our nation," he said.
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