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Ahmadinejad: Current trend of nuclear issue detrimental to national security

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 23, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Saturday that the ruling system has concluded that the current trend f developments in Iran's nuclear program is detrimental to the national security.

Speaking at a gathering of instructors and representatives of students associations, he underlined that Iran has taken a confidence building approach.

The president added, "However, the more we cooperated and withdrew from our rights the West continued its negative approach towards the nuclear issue to an extent that recently the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief Mohamed ElBaradei expressed the West's reluctance to witness Iran's access to nuclear technology.

"Why should Iran withdraw from its inalienable right? According to which law should we beg Europe for our rights?" he questioned.

He said that despite the current claims that the nuclear activity is not so critical for Iran, efforts are underway to pretend that the situation is out of control.

The chief executive said that Iran understands the concerns of the West over the country's access to nuclear technology, given that their acceptance of such a fact would squander their 27-year propaganda on the inefficiency of the Islamic ruling system.

Stressing that Iran has not ever violated the international law over the recent years, the president said that these are just false propaganda launched against Iran by the West.

He referred to Iran as one of the first countries to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and said that many of the states and regimes possessing atomic weapons and threatening other countries have not yet inked the treaty.

"However, despite their disregard for NPT, they consider other countries as a threat to the world security," he added.

Underlining Iran's constant cooperation with the international bodies, Ahmadinejad said that according to NPT Article 4, no country has the right to deny the IAEA member states access to peaceful nuclear technology.

"Meanwhile, in accordance with Article 6 of the treaty, the agency has been established mainly to annihilate nuclear weapons.

But the countries whose atomic weapons threat the whole world have never been supervised by the IAEA," he said.

Stressing that the West is against the principle of Islamic system, he noted that even once the nuclear issue is settled, they would bring up the human rights matter.

Criticizing the West for their threat to refer Iran's nuclear dossier to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) over the past two years, the president said, "I told the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that the SC is expected to restore the nations rights, rather than being manipulated by the world powers."
Ahmadinejad pointed to the diplomatic steps currently being taken and said that Iran would proceed patiently and make full use of its national potential to this end.

"We are determined to continue our efforts in this respect and would make progress through time. Once the country's nuclear fuel cycle becomes operational, things would undoubtedly move on." Stressing that nuclear negotiations should continue, the president said that the relevant talks should not be limited to certain countries.

"We have been so transparent that we have declared our readiness to call for their participation in our nuclear activities, while some countries have accepted the call.

Urging that the West should agree to respect the dignity of the Iranian nation because of the country's unique political position, he admitted, "Likewise, Iran needs to get along with the world.

However, we have proved that we can manage to make progress even without their assistance."

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