Iran defends nuclear rights within framework of regulations
Iran-UN, Politics, 5/15/2007
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana is to meet Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, confirmed EU sources in Brussels Tuesday. "We can confirm the meeting but not the date," EU sources said in Brussels.
Iran's news agency IRNA said the Larijani-Solana meeting will take place on May 31. It did not give the venue of the expected meeting.
Also, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei may present a report on regular monitoring of Iran's nuclear program on May 31, a diplomat said today.
The diplomat, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said that ElBaradei will send copy of the report to the UN Security Council.
The confidential report is usually presented to the 35 member states of the IAEA's Board of Governors for their study. In its last resolution, the Security Council has called on ElBaradei to present a report on the latest findings of the IAEA inspectors on Iran's nuclear program after 60 days. The IAEA Board of Governors will hold its regular session in Vienna on June 11.
UN inspectors report that Iran's nuclear program may be further along than previously thought and White House spokesman Tony Snow claimed the international community remains united in its commitment to pressure Iran to suspend its nuclear program and resume negotiations. "There continues to be unity among the allies when it comes to trying to put pressure on the Iranians so they do come to the table, they do, in fact, suspend the program, and they do make possible a whole series of benefits that would be good for the Iranian people,” Snow says.
Cuba's Deputy Foreign Minister Marcos Rodriguez said today that peaceful use of nuclear energy is Iran's inalienable right. Rodriguez, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), said after a two-hour meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Saeed Jalili.
Rapporteur of Iran's Majlis Foreign Policy and National Security Commission Kazem Jalali said on Monday that Iran's military strategy is based on peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Speaking to the personnel of Zolfaqar army division in Shahroud, he said Iran has attained a very remarkable status in terms of peaceful nuclear science.
Referring to the current developments in the region, he said that the Americans are concerned about Iran's access to nuclear technology which would disrupt their "Great Middle East" plot.
Iran's progress in various fields is rooted in its religious faith, self-reliance and guidelines of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Jalali said.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad said yesterday Iran has a very clear stance on its peaceful nuclear activities and would defend its rights within frameworks of regulations.
President Ahmadi-Nejad, who arrived in Abu Dhabi Sunday for bilateral talks with the UAE officials, was speaking to reporters at a press conference.
"Bullying powers have understood they could not prevent progress of the Iranian nation.
"If all powers in the world gather together, they cannot inflict any damage on the Iranian nation," he said in response to a question on the possible US attack on Iran.
He added, "The Iranian people need no support from anybody. They can defend themselves. We have repeatedly announced that Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful and are conducted within frameworks of regulations." Ahmadi-Nejad stressed, "We will continue our path to the end and see no need to make a change in policies."
Meantime, Iran's Minister of Defense Brigadier General Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar warned on Sunday that any country who wishes to launch any military attack against Iran will be dealt with with a crushing response.
Speaking on the sidelines of a seminar of professors, researchers and managers of Malek Ashtar University in Tehran, he said Iran's response would be so strong that will make the enemies regret forever.
Referring to anti-Iran UNSC resolution 1747, he said that throwing any obstacles on the way of Iran's nuclear technology is totally illegal, he said, adding that based on NPT the country is entitled to pursue its nuclear program. Those who claim that Iran's nuclear activities are illegal, should mind their own business, he said.
On the impacts of UN sanctions on Iran's defense capabilities, he said the country's military industries are indigenous and there is no need to seek assistance from outsiders, he underlined.
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