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President complains about France's policy toward nuclear program

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 18, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran is willing to develop partnership with other countries for use of civilian nuclear technology to prove peaceful nature of its national program.

In a meeting with French Ambassador to Iran, Bernard Politte, President Ahmadinejad complained that France has not adopted appropriate policy toward Iranian nuclear program.

He voiced national grievances that France's position toward Iranian nuclear program has become a stumbling block to development of bilateral cooperation.

"Iranian public opinion regards France as a country advocating freedom and logic and expects France to stand by Iran concerning its civilian nuclear program," Ahmadinejad said.

"The Iranian nation does not want nuclear arms and does not need it either. Iran calls for annihilation of all nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction," he said.

Ahmadinejad voiced national grievances that despite the most possible cooperation from Iran with UN nuclear agency, "certain states adopted unjust and biased stance toward Iran, attempting to impose personal views on the country."
The Iranian president said that allegations raised by those states possessing nuclear weapons arsenals against Iranian civilian program is not acceptable and no independent country in the world accepts such an injustice.

He said that the Iranian nation expects the French government to make good on the damage inflicted on Tehran-Paris relations in connection with the nuclear standoff.

Mr. Politte delivered a letter from French President Jacques Chirac to the Iranian president and hoped that he would undertake constructive role during his tenure in Iran.

He said that France is aware that Iranian nuclear program is civilian and is ready to cooperate with Iranians in all fields.



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