Iran advocates verification regime to join nuclear club
Iran-UN, Politics, 1/27/2007
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Saturday said that it is possible to come up with a "multifaceted formula on Iran's nuclear issue." The minister made the remark in a joint press conference with his Belarus counterpart, Sergey Martyno.
vIn response to a question whether Iran will consider preparing centrifuges for operation and at the same time continue talks on its nuclear issue, he said that Iran will continue its nuclear activities within the framework of relevant laws.
Meanwhile, he added that Iran will exchange ideas with all parties involved in the issue about seeking a multifaceted formula.
Mottaki said that the visit of Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov, who is expected to arrive in Tehran tonight, is taking place to this end, adding that talks with various countries will prepare the ground for finding a multi-faceted formula to Iran's nuclear issue.
Saying that various proposals on the issue will be examined, he noted that the expected formula should suggest a strategy for further transparency of Iran's nuclear activities, end any possible worries and secure Iran's right to access nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In response to another question on whether Iran and US are likely to hold talks during the upcoming Munich Conference on Security Policy (February 9-11), he said that no decision has been taken in this respect.
About his recent remarks at Majlis session, he said, "At the meeting, I expounded on Iran's stance based on détente and establishment of communication on the international scene." Mottaki said that the US policy on Middle East is based on inciting the flame of violence in the region.
Iranian nuclear program will remain in the context of verification regime of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), director of Basic Research Center Mohammad Javad Larijani said today.
He reiterated Iranian resolve to join the nuclear club under the supervision of the UN nuclear agency and said that Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States on the national nuclear program.
Mohammad Javad Larijani said that Iran has made eye-catching achievements in the field of fuel cycle and there is national consensus to leave behind the current atmosphere the United States has created by sponsoring the UN Resolution 1737 against Iran.
"The US exerts pressure on Iran to harm national solidarity on the peaceful nuclear program. But, the national consensus on the issue is strong enough to thwart economic sanctions being lobbied by the US," he said.
"Of course, when a nation wants to make a breakthrough in its own life, it is normal to exercise precautionary measures to foil any economic and political pressure," said the think-tank.
He sounded upbeat that Iran will assume post-atomic status in its future negotiations with the United States and said that the nuclear powers should recognize Iran as a nation possessing fuel cycle.
Mohammad Javad Larijani said that the UN Resolution 1737 is legally devoid and has been lobbied by the US without any basis.
"The Resolution is illegal, because Iran is a signatory to NPT and enforces IAEA Safeguards Agreement," he said.
Three IAEA inspectors arrived in Iran late Friday to inspect the country's nuclear facilities in Isfahan and Natanz.
A reliable source said today that the inspectors will in their week-long mission carry out routine inspection of Iran's nuclear facilities.
The inspectors are visiting Iran amidst some claims that Iran had called on the IAEA to drop from its list names of 38 of its inspectors.
The IAEA members have the right to allow or bar the Agency inspectors from visiting their territory. Westerners have however used the issue as a pressure lever to launch propaganda campaign against Iran.
Following the statements by the head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Affairs Commission, an official with Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) denied installation of any new centrifuges in Natanz facilities.
Head of IAEO Public Relations Department Hossein Seemorgh told IRNA today no new centrifuges have been installed in Natanz. His remarks were a reaction to statements by Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Borujerdi who had said today evening Iran "is installing 3,000 centrifuges." Iran has deterrent potentials to neutralize enemy plots and threats, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei said here Saturday.
Rezaei made the remarks while speaking to reporters in response to a question on threats posed against Iran.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has strong levers and can prevent occurrence of such events.
"We should be vigilant and act wisely at the current sensitive situation," he said.
He added, "Ignoring or causing such baseless concerns will not let us use our capabilities in an appropriate way but will help our enemies achieve their goals easily." He said, "We should have no fear of enemies' plots. The US intends to confront Iran, a move which it has launched by adopting an anti-Iranian resolution and imposing sanctions against the country.
"We should be vigilant and not allow enemies to materialize next phases of their decisions." Asked whether the Expediency Council makes any decision on Iran's nuclear case, Rezaei said, "Nuclear issue has no link with the council. Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) is responsible for it." Member of Majlis' presiding board Mohsen Kouhkan today declared that national solidarity will foil foreign powers' plots against Iran. It was not clear if this means that Iran is in the process of installing the 3000 centrifuges but has not completed doing so, or that the installation process has not started yet.
It is astonishing that the nuclear club does not welcome Iran despite the latter's firm commitment to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), director of Basic Research Center Mohammad Javad Larijani said on Saturday.
He regretted that the nuclear states are looking at Iran just like India and Pakistan, whereas, Iran renounces nuclear arms as detrimental to humanity.
Mohammad Javad Larijani said that the know-how for production of fuel cycle is essential part of eligibility to join the nuclear club.
"Since Iran has formally declared renunciation of nuclear arms, there was a belief in Iran that the nuclear club would welcome Iran, because of its commitment to NPT and Safeguards Agreement of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). But, we saw the contrary with the nuclear states sponsoring the United Nations Resolution 1737." Kouhkan told IRNA that some moves by the US and the West against Iran including psychological propaganda are predictable, therefore, the Islamic country should prevent them from attaining their goals.
Pointing to the recent UN Security Council's resolution against Iran's nuclear activities, he added that the western countries, in particular the US, are creating grounds to exert further pressure against Iran after the end of the time limit mentioned in the UNSC agreement.
"Iranian officials should concentrate on important and macro-policies of the country and avoid making remarks which induce division among people from various walks of life," he underlined.
Referring to some polls conducted by certain western think-tanks, he said that based on the results of the polls, unity among Iranians in supporting peaceful nuclear activities was put at 96 percent.
Iran's Expediency Council (EC) Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Thursday said that the Iranian nation will "once again give a crushing and decisive response to the enemies." Addressing a gathering in this southern Tehran city paying respect to the city's 830 war martyrs, he stressed that national resistance will ensure consolidation of power and stability of the Islamic Republic system.
The Iranian nation has repeatedly disappointed the enemies in various periods and events, including the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the 1980-88 Iraqi-imposed war, era of construction and period of imposed sanctions by bullying powers, Rafsanjani reiterated.
By imposing the eight-year war on Iran, the enemy intended to break up the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the Iranian people taught it a good lesson.
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