Ambiguity in US officials' remarks on Iran nuclear issue: Asefi
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Oct 9, IRNA
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Sunday US officials have conveyed contradictory and ambiguous positions in their comments on Iran's nuclear activities.
Asefi sounded the criticism as he addressed domestic and foreign reporters during his weekly press conference.
"Why is the United States not destroying its nuclear weapons if these are bad? Why does it not start a global campaign to destroy nuclear weapons?
"We have repeatedly said that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons.
The United States wants to propagate a public policy that has no clear end," he dcried.
Asefi, moreover, said that US President George W. Bush has antagonized the Islamic world and "this will not be beneficial to the US Administration." He then expressed his regret to the American people for having this kind of president.
The spokesman further urged US officials to seek international public opinion if "they were truly interested in obtaining the views of the world on themselves."
Asefi also warmly felicitated International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei for winning this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his untiring efforts to use diplomacy to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
He urged ElBaradei to continue the IAEA's professional approach to resolving nuclear issues.
Referring to the recent remarks of the IAEA chief that he would work to close Iran's nuclear dossier in the UN, Asefi said, "We also urge this. We have had good and constructive cooperation with ElBaradei and will continue this cooperation."
Asked about the possibility of resumption of nuclear negotiations with the EU Big 3, he said: "Currently there is a move to name new sides to join in the negotiations which will be announced in the near future.
"We will continue with the talks at different levels. Foreign Minister (Manouchehr Mottaki) is to pay a visit to China in the near future and various delegations will be dispatched to Latin America, Asia, Arab states and even Europe for this purpose.
"We do not shun negotiations because we believe it will push forward our position. Other ways of resolving the issue such as by issuing threats will bear no fruit.
"Iran's stance is completely transparent: we will never back down from our rights."
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